Tax help available for procrastinators

Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2001

Don't panic: The deadline to file tax returns is Monday, not today, because of Easter Sunday.

But for those who are tackling tax returns at the 11th hour, here are some tips.

Where you can still get forms

The Internal Revenue Service office in the Blazy Mall on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kenai Community Library, open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday

Soldotna Public Library, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday

Where you can still get advice

The IRS office in Soldotna (see above), but only during the hours 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The IRS toll-free line (800) 829-1040

On the Internet at www.irs.gov

Commercial tax preparers: Look in the Yellow Pages under "tax return preparation"

Where and how late you can send in your returns

Mailed returns must be postmarked Monday. Here are the closing times of central peninsula post offices. Some offer postmarks after closing.

Kasilof -- 5 p.m.

Kenai -- 5:15, but postmarks are available until midnight if you put returns in the "Kenai Only" box in the lobby

Nikiski -- 5:30 p.m.

Ninilchik -- 5 p.m.

Soldotna-- 5 p.m., but postmarks are available for items put in the marked slot in the lobby until midnight

Sterling -- 5:30 p.m.

To file online, go to www.irs.gov and click on the link to "e-file."

If all else fails ...

You can file for an extension via Form 4868, using the same deadlines. But be careful. You still need to send the IRS an estimated tax payment by the end of Monday. Penalties will apply for late or insufficient payments.



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