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Have You Filed Yet? We Have Tax Tips From The IRS

Raphael Tulino, IRS
Tax tips from the IRS.
GUESTRaphael Tulino, IRS spokesperson

Taxes are due April 17, and an IRS spokesman shared some tips for filing.

He said if you find out you owe money, but don't have enough to pay, you can use a payment plan.

"File the return and do pay something," he said. "Let the IRS know you're in a position where you can't fully pay what you owe, and then we can enter into an installment payment plan."

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But there are fees involved for payment plans, he said.

For those who are unemployed but owe taxes, he said the IRS could "waive a little bit" of what they owe. It is important to remember, he said, that unemployment payments are taxable.

Tulino added there are "dozens and dozens of special laws" for military personnel and their families, and reminded recent college graduates that student loan interest can be deducted.

If you earn $57,000 or less, you can use the IRS' free tax filing service, he said. There are also volunteers available to help those earning less than $50,000, and they can be found at irs.gov.

To avoid scam artists, Tulino said to remember the IRS will never initiate contact via email.

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"If it seems like it's too good to be true, online or not, it probably is," he said.

Corrected: July 17, 2024 at 4:03 PM PDT
KPBS Midday Edition intern Agnes Radomski contributed to this segment