INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - This is it. Monday at midnight is the deadline to get taxes done and filed. But if you've waited until the last minute, no need to panic. There are pieces in place to help you meet the deadline.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says so far, nearly 97 million people nationwide have filed our taxes, with 78 million getting a refund.
The John H. Boner community center , 2236 E 10th St., will open its doors Saturday morning as a tax prep super center for Hoosiers who need help getting their taxes done by the April 15 deadline.
"Individuals come with all of their documents. Meaning their W-2's, their social security cards for everyone that's going to be on the return, and any other tax documents that they need," says Dean Johns, Director of Financial Foundations for the Boner Center.
Having your documents is key as you head to the tax deadline finish line. Once you have those, the volunteers at the Boner Center will guide you through the process of paying your taxes. It is part of Indianapolis' effort to offer tax prep help at no cost to those with household incomes under $57,000.
"We will electronically file so they don't have to mail anything," Johns said. "It all goes and within two weeks time, if they are eligible for refunds it will start hitting their accounts."
With the same income guidelines, you can file your Indiana tax return for free online. Electronic filing makes sense for most people nearly all of the time, says Chetrice Mosley, spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Revenue. But she says it's especially important for last-minute filers.
"It's faster, it's more secure and it's more accurate. Especially with rushing through returns and trying to get it done on time," says Mosley.
Mosley points out electronic returns have an error rate of about 2 percent, compared to 20 percent for paper returns.
If you don't think you can make the Monday deadline, you can file for an extension. You can find the forms online and in person at the Indiana Department of Revenue and the IRS offices in Indianapolis. But remember, it's only an extension to file, not an extension to pay taxes owed.
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