DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2373 times:
Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 6): In Canada you have to file your income taxes by April 30 (has that changed in the last ten years?). I still get confused around the beginning of April which country has which date.
Thats because you are a smart but confused Canadienne! Actually, knowing what you do, you ought to be advising your clients how much they need to be paying you so you ought to be in the top bracket....that or you stole that car! I hope I won't be saying ouch as well.
British767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2287 times:
When do you have to send it in by? I remember seeing a sign at a post office in New York (the one opposite Madison Square Gardens) saying something like, "If you post your tax return before midnight, you will receive a postmark for that day". I can't remember it exactly.
Also, what happens if you don't get it done in time?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13766 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2271 times:
To answer some of British767's questions.
We in the USA require that you file as to Federal (and applicable State)Income Tax(es), a return or an extension to file a return by today, April 15th (or if falls on a Saturday or Sunday, on the following Monday), along with any additional monies due in taxes or an estimate of same (in the case where you file an extension as to taxes due in your income in the previous calendar year. The extension is generally for 4 months (mid-August). Those states that also have a State Income Tax have their own forms to fill out, follow the federal deadlines, and also allow for extensions.
One can electronically file, (fax, internet to IRS and State Tax authorities) as most are doing this year, and that must be done by 11:59 pm. If one uses the mail (post), it must be in the Post Office and postmarked by today's date and before midnight to be considered legally filed. Some regional post offices offer extended hours tonight to permit people to drop off their returns before the due time. Some, as so close to the deadline and to prevent an audit or a penalty for late filing, choose to mail their returns by Certified mail or get a receipt (both with fees) to assure that they did bring the return mailing by the date and time. This means long lines at major post offices and overtime for the postal workers.
The large post office in NY City by Madison Square Garden has been for many years a place for the media to be at as it is open 24/7 anyway. Often anti-tax protestors, commercial tax prep firms, companies offering free giveaways (like heartburn medicines, food and beverage samples) are out in front of this building, making things like a circus.
By the way, I filed my returns back in mid-February, when had all the forms available, and got my Federal overpayment refund by mid-March.