Thanks to the Easter holiday, the 2017 income tax return filing deadline was pushed out a few days, but the stretch of extra prep days is over and the April 18, 2017 deadline has passed.

Oops. Forgot to file?

Luis Garcia, Internal Revenue Service spokesperson, tells 95.3 WBCK there can be penalties. But, if you owe money, it is important that you don't hide in fear. And remember:

  • Contact the IRS. Don't hide. Being proactive helps!
  • If you owe, send a check for an amount you can afford, and file IRS form 4868 extension form.
  • The IRS has programs to help you if you cannot afford to pay what you owe. IRS representatives will help you determine eligibility.

Garcia also said scammers continue to capitalize on fear of the IRS as a lever to extort money from taxpayers. He ask you to remember:

  • The IRS will never threaten you.
  • The IRS will never demand immediate payment. Instead, they will work with you and attempt to assess your eligibility for a tax payment assistance program.

Click the player below to hear Garcia talk more about how to handle late tax filings and possible scam calls.

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