Taxes are due April 18: How to extend and how to file for free

A calendar marked with Tax Day on April 18, 2022.
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Kansas City, MO – The deadline to file federal and state taxes is coming quickly now. The last day to file is Monday, April 18 for most. After the disruptions of the past two years, the IRS is back on schedule.

Due to the pandemic, the tax filing deadline was pushed to July in 2020, and May in 2021. Now, the deadline is back to mid-April. The deadline typically falls on April 15, but the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C. pushed it to April 18.

If you haven't filed yet and need more time, you can file for an extension.

"It's so simple, two seconds to do it, and will automatically also extend the Missouri and Kansas returns,” said Peter Newman CPA and host of Moneyline on KMBZ.

If you've put off filing taxes to the last minute and/or you want to DIY, the IRS has free-filing options available online for qualifying taxpayers.

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission sued Intuit, owner of the tax prep software TurboTax. The FTC accusing it of lying to customers by claiming the product is free and steering them toward paid services and products, according to a CBS News report.

If you wish to bypass commercial tax preparation companies and file your federal AND state taxes for free - go here.

As reported by ProPublica, the IRS Free File program will let you file your federal taxes for free if you make less than $73,000 a year. You can browse the list of the remaining providers yourself, or you can answer a couple questions and have the lookup tool connect you with the providers you are eligible to use.

From the IRS: The IRS Free File Program is a public-private partnership between the IRS and many tax preparation and filing software industry companies who provide their online tax preparation and filing for free.

Depending on which tax prep provider you choose from the IRS, you can have your federal taxes prepared for free, your STATE taxes prepared for free, set up direct deposit for your return, and even schedule a payment if you owe taxes.

More from the IRS: As long as you meet the eligibility criteria for the IRS Free File provider’s offer you selected, you must not be charged for the electronic preparation and filing of a federal tax return. Some IRS Free File providers do charge a fee for state tax preparation. Any state tax preparation or non-qualifying fees must be disclosed on the provider’s IRS Free File landing page.

It's free.

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