5 things to know heading into Wednesday’s tax-filing deadline


Going into the final 10 days, two out of three taxpayers had filed their federal returns.


As of April 3, the IRS had received 99 million returns and issued more than 77 million refunds averaging more than $2,800.


Haven’t filed yet? There’s still time to do it electronically for free. Visit irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free. If you earned $60,000 or less, you also can prepare and e-file your taxes using free brand name tax software.


Taxpayers who have finished their returns should file by Wednesday’s regular deadline, even if they can’t pay the full amount due. In many cases, those struggling with unpaid taxes qualify for one of several relief programs. Details on filing and payment options are on IRS.gov.


For those who have yet to file and need more time, filing extensions are available. But remember, this is an extension of time to file, not an extension of time to pay. For information, go to IRS.gov. and look for Form 4868.