IRS: Tips for last-minute tax filers

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The tax-filing deadline is Monday, but there's no need to worry if you follow some extra steps.

The Internal Revenue Service says there are a variety of options for filing taxes last-minute. The IRS encourages taxpayers to file electronically and use the IRS Free File​ system.

If you are unable to get your taxes filed before midnight tonight, the IRS recommends filing for an extension. The Free File system allows taxpayers to request an extension.

To qualify for an extension, taxpayers must estimate their tax liability on the online form and pay any amount due.

If you plan to use paper files for your taxes, the IRS recommends these steps:

-Fill in all requested taxpayer identification numbers, usually Social Security numbers, including for all dependents claimed on the tax return. Check only one filing status and the appropriate exemption boxes.
-When using the tax tables, be sure to use the correct row and column for the filing status claimed and taxable income amount shown.
-Sign and date the return. If filing a joint return, both spouses must sign.
-Attach all required forms and schedules.
-Mail the return to the right address.

To learn where you can file or for more additional needs with tax filing, visit the IRS website​.