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Filing Deadline Approaching; Last Minute Tips
As the filing deadline approaches for individual taxpayers the OTC would like to remind them about the upcoming filing deadlines as well as the quickest way to file, and receive their tax refund.
This year April 18th is the deadline for individuals to file their tax year 2010 income tax returns if filing by paper. Taxpayers choosing to file electronically have until April 20th to file; if there is a balance due with the return, payment must also be made electronically at the same time to avoid any delinquent penalty or interest.
File and pay your Use Tax when filing income taxes. If you have purchased items for use in Oklahoma from retailers who do not collect Oklahoma sales tax whether by mail order, catalog, television shopping networks, radio, online, phone or in person, you owe Oklahoma use tax on those items. Use tax is paid by the buyer when the Oklahoma sales tax has not bee collected by the seller. Line 20 of the 511 Resident income tax return, and Line 40 of the 511NR Nonresident income tax return, provides taxpayers with a quick and convenient way to file and pay their use tax.
Check numbers carefully. When preparing your return, whether electronically or by paper, be sure to check your numbers carefully. Often simple math errors occur by transposing numbers when inputting them in the computer or writing them down on the paper return.
File electronically to receive quickest refund. Taxpayers who choose to electronically file their return generally receive their refunds in seven to ten days instead of the eight to ten weeks it could take for a paper return. And, if choosing the direct deposit option the time can be even quicker.
If a taxpayer finds that they will not be able to meet the April 18th deadline then they can request an extension of time to file their personal Oklahoma income tax return on Oklahoma Form 504. This extension only grants taxpayers an additional amount of time to file their return and does not grant taxpayers an additional amount of time to pay taxes that may be due. The state also honors the federal extension.
Information regarding e-filing returns, answers for many tax questions and to find e-filing option, including free filing of returns, please visit the agency website at www.tax.ok.gov.
Link: Last minute filing tips
Link: Income tax forms