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Tax Filing Tips

Below are some additional tax filing tips when preparing your tax return. See other tax filing sections for other tips.

When is the tax return due?

In general, individual income tax returns have a due date of April 15 of the year following the tax year. If the 15th is a weekend or a legal holiday, then the due date is postponed till the following next business day. Your tax return has to be postmarked by April 15 or it is considered late. If your tax return is late, then it is considered filed when the IRS received it.

Rounding Off Dollars

On your tax return, you may round off cents to whole dollars using general math rules. If the amount is under 50 cents then you can round down. If the amount is 50 cents or above then you round up to the next dollar.

Example: $3.46 is rounded off to $3.00 and $5.50 is rounded off to $6.00.

Who file tax returns for decedents (persons who died)?

The same tax filing requirements apply to decedents as apply to individuals. If the decedent met the tax filing requirements on the date of death, a final tax return must be filed by the surviving spouse or other personal representative such as:

  • executor,
  • administrator
  • anyone in charge of the decedent's property

When the final tax return is filed, write on the top of the tax return:

  • the word 'DECEASED',
  • the decendents name,
  • the date of death

If a personal representative has been appointed, that person must sign the tax return. If it is a joint return, the surviving spouse must also sign. If no personal representative has been appointed, the surviving spouse signs and writes "Filing as surviving spouse" in the signature area.


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