The Internal Revenue Service has reminded taxpayers that the Tuesday, Oct. 15
deadline remains in effect for people who requested a six-month
extension to file their tax return.
The current lapse in federal
appropriations does not affect the federal tax law, and all taxpayers
should continue to meet their tax obligations as normal. Individuals and
businesses should keep filing their tax returns and making deposits
with the IRS, as required by law.
Taxpayers can file their tax
returns electronically or on paper. Payments accompanying paper and
e-filed tax returns will be accepted and processed as the IRS receives
them. Tax refunds will not be issued until normal government operations
Taxpayers with extensions should file their returns by Oct.
15, even if they can’t pay the full amount due. Doing so will avoid the
late-filing penalty, normally five percent per month, that would
otherwise apply to any unpaid balance after Oct. 15.
currently at the rate of 3 percent per year compounded daily, and
late-payment penalties, normally 0.5 percent per month, will continue to