IRS 1040 Tax Form Being Filled Out

Tips for Tax Day in Montgomery County

Tax Day has arrived and as many rush to file their taxes at the last minute, experts have advice on how to avoid errors in the rush to the Post Office.IRS 1040 Tax Form Being Filled Out

Marion Thompson, a Rockville-based CPA, says if not submitted yet, it might be best to file an extension.

“Calm down. It’s better for the computations to be right than fast,” said Thompson, president of Thompson Tax Associates, Inc. “File an extension by April 15 using Form 4868 for Federal taxes and Form 502E for Maryland taxes. Don’t forget if you expect to owe you need to make payment with the extension for it to be valid.”

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that filing last minute can often result in mistakes. The IRS reminds taxpayers to review their returns for common errors that could delay the processing of their returns.

According to the IRS, common mistakes include mailing a paper return to the wrong address, leaving out important information like Social Security Numbers, putting the wrong routing number for a direct deposit refund, and both spouses not signing a joint return.

The Post Office at 16501 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg is open until 7 p.m. on April 15, but employees will be checking and collecting mail from the boxes out front every hour until midnight to process tax return mailings on deadline.

In order to ease the pain of tax day, many businesses in Montgomery County are offering special offers to taxpayers in the area exclusively on April 15. Here’s a look at some of the deals:

  • Boston Market is offering two half chicken individual meals for a total of $10.40.
  • Office Depot is offering free shredding for up to 5 pounds of documents with this coupon.
  • Arby’s is giving away a free small order of curly fries with this coupon for taxpayers.
  • California Tortilla is offering  free queso and chips to customers that say the passcode “Taxes Shmaxes” while ordering.

Find more information about the tax return deadline through the IRS here.

Valerie Bonk

About Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).


One Response to “Tips for Tax Day in Montgomery County”

  1. Merlyn Reineke
    On April 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm responded with... #

    Great info on taxes… and love the local businesses working to ease the pain!

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