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If you file a tax-extension, you will have until October 15th to file your tax return. A six month extension. Find out more about tax extensions with these posts from RapidTax

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Can I Still File a Tax Extension for 2018?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on July 11, 2018
Last modified: August 29, 2018

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Don’t wait until the last minute to file your 2017 tax return.

April 18th has passed for the 2018 tax season deadline. However, you can still e-file your tax return until October 15, 2018; the e-file and tax extension deadline. Even if the 2018 tax deadline has passed, those with refunds can still e-file their tax return without any penalties.

On the other hand, individuals with a tax due may end up facing interest, late filing penalties, and failure-to-pay penalties. We advise that you file your tax return as soon as possible so you receive your refund faster.

Can I still file a tax extension?


Did You Miss The 2018 Tax Season Deadline?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on May 10, 2018
Last modified: September 21, 2018

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The 2018 tax deadline has passed.

The April 18th tax deadline quickly passed. With the IRS encountering system difficulties, the tax deadline was extended from April 17th to the following day. Although tax deadline 2018 has passed, some Americans have yet to file their tax return.

If you’re one of many taxpayers who have questions about how to file a late 2017 tax return, keep reading!

Can I still e-file my 2017 tax return?


Get $5 OFF your 2017 Tax Return using your Rapidtax coupon!

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on April 17, 2018
Last modified: August 14, 2018

Did you file your 2017 tax return?

The 2017 tax deadline is finally here. As a matter of fact, most Americans are rushing to find their income statements to file their tax returns. Now, whether you’re internet surfing to find a do it yourself tax preparation site or a loyal Rapidtax user, we’re here to make filing your 2017 tax return less stressful. After entering your tax information, enter the coupon code you see below during your checkout process.

Read on to find out how to use Rapidtax to get $5 OFF your 2017 tax return now! (more…)

Tax Relief for Victims of Natural Disasters for 2018

Posted by Divya Hansraj on November 14, 2017
Last modified: September 18, 2018

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A tax relief will give you the break you need.

There are few calamities that compare to the damage and loss of a natural disaster. Last year, Hurricane Harvey forced thousands of residents from Texas out of their homes and left stranded without power and clean drinking water. Similarly, residents of Florida had to evacuate coastal areas due to flood zones. These events can leave families in a wreck, taking years to recover from. As horrific as these events can be, the IRS provides tax relief for taxpayers living in disaster areas.

Read on to learn more about how the IRS handles tax reliefs and find out if you qualify.

What is a natural disaster?

According to the IRS, a natural disaster is a nature-related event. Usually, these events are hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis. However, there are more. Nonetheless, it was surprising to find mine cave-ins and sonic booms on the list!

Do I qualify?


7 Filing Tips to Get Your Tax Refund ASAP

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 9, 2016
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Waiting for your tax refund can really test your patience.

Unfortunately, we can’t speed up the actual processing time of your tax return once the IRS gets hold of it. However, there are actions we can take to ensure a smoother journey through the IRS database. Let’s take a look at seven steps you can take when filing your tax return this year.

E-File your tax return.

Oh, how far technology has come. You can e-file your tax return worry-free until the April deadline. After that date, you can still e-file until the October deadline. However, if you can’t get it filed before mid-April and you’re not sure if you’re getting a refund, you’ll want to file an extension. Either way, the IRS processing time is quickest with e-filing. Compared to mailing in your return, you could be speeding up your refund by almost a month!

Choose direct deposit to receive your refund.

Many businesses offer a direct deposit option to their employees, so it only makes sense that the IRS would offer the same. After all, it’s your money. This is preferred by many taxpayers, based on convenience. On top of that, waiting on direct deposit will eat up less of your time than waiting on a check in the mail.

Make sure you’re the only one claiming your dependent(s).

This can be easier said than done in some cases. However, if you know someone who could also claim your dependent on their tax return, do your best to verify that they won’t be. Why? A person can only be claimed once per year. If a dependent is claimed by more than one person, then the second tax return to claim them will be rejected by the IRS. If the second person to claim the same dependent appeals to the IRS, the IRS may pull the first return for review, to make sure that taxpayer was allowed to claim the dependent. In either case, this will ultimately delay your tax refund. (more…)

10 Reasons You Should File a 2015 Tax Extension

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 7, 2016
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Searching for a reason to file a 2015 tax extension?

It’s never a good idea to do anything out of pure laziness. However, if you can justify your logic for filing a 2015 tax extension, then by all means, DO. Here are ten good reasons why you should file a tax extension this year.

1. It does not require IRS approval.

As long as you apply for a tax extension, you’ll get one. It’s not like filing an actual tax return where you need to wait for the IRS to review and approve it. In fact, there is no process at all. Just submit the form to the IRS, and your extension will be on record.

2. You will skip the April 18th deadline rush.

Have you ever tried calling the IRS or your accountant in April? How long were you placed on hold? If you file an extension, you have an extra 6 months to figure out your tax situation.

3. It will NOT trigger an IRS audit.

Some taxpayers shy away from filing a tax extension because they assume it will increase their chance of being audited. The majority of audits happen because of tax returns that are against the typical patterns. When something out of the ordinary is picked up on a tax return by the IRS, they note that something may be wrong and take a further look. Many taxpayers think of an extension to be paired with doing something wrong. In all actuality, tax returns filed in October show a higher rate of being approved since they are filed accurately and completely.

4. You lost your W-2 or 1099.

When you misplace your income statements, it can be a hassle to get another copy. If you can’t get one from your employer, then you’ll need to request a transcript from the IRS. This is an easy process, but it can take up to 10 days to reach your mailbox. And if the transcript is incomplete due to IRS delays, you’ll need to contact your employers directly for a new copy of any W-2s or 1099s you’re missing.


When is the Last Day to E-File a 2015 Tax Return?

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 3, 2016
Last modified: March 7, 2016

Get all your ducks in a row this tax season.

April is great. Spring has sprung. The snow has melted. And you’ve just remembered….you still need to file your 2015 tax return!

The tax filing deadline is April 18th, 2016.

This is not a typo. You get 3 extra days this year to e-file your tax return with the IRS. Why is that, you ask? If the typical April 15th deadline just so happens to fall on a weekend (including Friday), the IRS will push it back to the following Monday. Hence, April 18th.

Expecting a refund?

If an excess amount of federal taxes were withheld from your paychecks this year, then you can expect a refund from the IRS. The deadline still applies to you and you still need to file a tax return. However, if you don’t e-file by April 18th, you won’t face any penalties from the IRS. In fact, you can claim your 2015 tax refund until 2019 thanks to the three-year statute of limitations!

If you’re not ready, file an extension.

Even if you can’t file your actual tax return by April 18th and you have a tax liability, you can file your 2015 tax extension with RapidTax for free. This will give you until October 17th, 2016 to e-file your tax return, penalty-free.

When filing an extension, you will need to estimate your tax liability and pay a small amount towards it. Even $5 will do (it’s all about showing initiative here).

Oh, the penalties you’ll face for not filing (and paying) on time.

Miss curfew? Get a lecture from mom. Late to a meeting? Get reprimanded by your boss. Miss the tax filing deadline? Get penalty fees tacked onto your tax bill by the IRS. Below is a breakdown of what the IRS will charge you if you don’t file your taxes by April 18th (or October 17th with an extension). (more…)

Are There Tax Extensions for Military Personnel?

Posted by Robert Flanagan on December 5, 2014
Last modified: October 6, 2016

If you’re in the military and overseas, you have an extension on the date you must file your taxes by.

Here at RapidTax, we salute all the brave men and women serving our country. We also all military personnel to understand the military tax advantages.

Serving in the military is far from easy. The last thing on your mind is taxes. Luckily, the IRS offers a few tax extensions for military personnel. These tax extensions are offered to the following military personnel;

  • overseas active duty
  • combat zone

That means, if you fall within one of the two categories above, you won’t be required to file your taxes by the April 15th tax deadline. Additonally, there are other tax credits you may be eligible for. RapidTax is here to help you save time and money when filing!

Overseas Personnel

If you serve outside of the United States or Puerto Rico and you’re on assignment during the tax deadline (April 15), you are granted an automatic two-month filing extension to file.

That means, you have until June 15 to file your taxes. However, you do not have an extension to pay your taxes and must pay your tax liability by the April 15 deadline. (more…)

How to File a Tax Extension on Your Mobile Phone or Tablet

Posted by Robert Flanagan on April 14, 2014
Last modified: April 14, 2014

File a tax extension before midnight on April 15th and you’ll have until October 15th to file your 2013 tax return!

Are you nervous because the tax filing deadline is here and you are not prepared to file your taxes? Take a deep breath…. it will be okay. Why? Well, you can file a tax extension on RapidTax. Not only that, but you can file a tax extension directly from your phone or tablet.

Can I File a Tax Extension From My Phone on RapidTax.com?

You can in fact file a tax extension on your phone or tablet from RapidTax.com and your tax deadline will be moved from April 15 to October 15.

Wondering how? Simply go to the Create an Account page and clicking “File An IRS Extension” in the “Choose Your Tax Year” drop down menu. If you already created an account, simply pick “File an IRS Extension” from the “Tax Year” drop down menu.


When is the Tax Filing Deadline?

Posted by Robert Flanagan on October 7, 2013
Last modified: October 6, 2016

The Tax Filing Deadline is April 15, 2015 for 2014 Tax Returns

The tax filing deadline to e-file a 2014 tax return is April 15, 2015. After this date, your tax return will be considered late.

If you don’t file your 2014 taxes by the April 15th deadline, you may have to pay late penalties if you aren’t all squared away with the IRS.

Luckily, RapidTax helps make filing your taxes easy so that you can file before the tax deadline.

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