Taxpayers given a six-month extension to file their 2011 federal returns have until Monday to get the forms — and maybe checks — in the mail to the IRS or submitted to the agency electronically.
Roughly 48,000 Riverside County taxpayers were approved for federal tax extensions this year, joining about 1.5 million other Californians who were authorized to file after the April 15 deadline.
“Try to avoid waiting until the very last minute and do consider all that is available to make the process easier,” said IRS spokesman Raphael Tulino.
“The IRS offers plenty of resources to make it easy and convenient.”
He said California residents serving in the military overseas have additional time to file.
To submit income tax forms by Monday, taxpayers should consider using the IRS’s E-file system, which is free to individuals who earn $57,000 a year or less, according to Tulino.
He said taxpayers can make payments via phone or the Internet using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
For those struggling with tax bills, the government’s “Fresh Start” program is available. Anyone interested should call (800) 829-1040.