Have you filed those tax returns? Here are a few last-minute tax tips – Orange County Register

Procrastinators, you have a handful of days to get your tax affairs in order.

The filing deadline for 2016 tax returns lands midnight Tuesday. While no post offices will be open until midnight, the Santa Ana processing center will be, according to the postal service. That address is 3101 Sunflower Ave.

Filers get a few extra days thanks to April 16 falling on a Saturday and Emancipation Day, a holiday recognized Monday in Washington, D.C., which effectively moved the deadline to Tuesday.

To help you get motivated, here’s a filing cheatsheet:

Extensions

If you are unable to make the April 18 deadline, you can request an extension.

To avoid a late payment penalty, you still need to estimate the amount owed and pay it while filing your taxes later.

Earned income tax credit

The California earned income tax credit is entering its second year. The credit applies to people who earn $6,717 or less with no children up to $14,161 with two or more children.

Households earning less than $53,505 may be eligible for the federal EITC.

“Each year, one in five eligible families fail to claim their EITC, missing out on millions of dollars in unclaimed federal tax refunds that could be better spent on food for the table, medical expenses or their children’s school supplies,” Brenyale Toomer-Byas, director of Income and Housing at Orange County United Way, said in a statement.

Personal exemption changes

The personal exemption has been increased to $4,050, which is phased out for taxpayers at higher income levels.

Watch out for scams

The IRS will not ask for your credit card or send the sheriff to your house. Anyone threatening to do so over the phone is likely a scammer.

Anyone impersonating the IRS can be reported online at ftccomplaintassistant.gov or by calling 800-366-4484.

Use free services

Low to moderate income earners can receive free tax preparation assistance from the OC Free Tax Prep Campaign, THE United Way, IRS and other nonprofits partnership.

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