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Three Extra Days!

April 15, 2011 : Becky Brown - H&R Block

It’s April 15 – the most famous of all days in the American financial calendar. Federal taxes have been due on this date since 1955.

However, April 15 isn’t the tax deadline this year. In the observation of Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., the IRS moved the deadline to Monday, April 18. That’s 3 extra days to file – but if that’s still not enough time? You can always file an extension.

An extension is basically your best guess at your taxes due, and a promise that you’ll file your complete return by mid-October. The traditional due date for extensions is Oct. 15, but this year, that’s a Saturday. So, for 2011, extensions are due Monday, Oct. 17.

You can file an extension with H&R Block At Home Online or Software, or at any H&R Block office. Like a normal tax return, your extension must be postmarked by April 18, or you’ll incur penalties. And, your payment is must be mailed by the tax due date, too.

That’s right – even if you file an extension, any and all tax you owe the IRS is still due on April 18. Otherwise? You’ll face penalties.

So, you’ve got the option of taking your time to complete your return. But when it comes to paying up? Sooner rather than later is the way to go.

Becky Brown - H&R Block

Becky Brown - H&R Block

H&R Block Digital

Becky was the senior editorial manager for H&R Block At Home.

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  • Deb Puckett for Jeanne S. Wood

    Megan Since Mother passed away July 26th, do we file a tax return for her for 2010? If so, can we file an extension now? I did one for us, but forgot to do one for her. Deb Puckett

    • HRBlock Karen

      Hi Deb, our condolences for the passing of your mother. Hopefully, you were able to file your request for extension to the IRS, on behalf of your mother’s estate, by April 18. The deadline for filing with an extension for 2011 is October 17.
      Thank you for choosing H&R Block,
      Client Service Organization H&R Block

  • robin

    my program TAXCUT wont start today, april 18?
    how do I fix it?

    • HRBlock Karen

      Hopefully, you were able to contact our tech support hotline at 1 800 HRBLOCK (1 800 472 5625) option 2, on filing day. We are here to assist you with you online or digital products, just a phone call away.
      Thanks for choosing H&R Block,
      Client Service Organization H&R Block

  • over65havingfun

    First year in a long time, I switched to a free program at the irs site, HR turned out to cost 34.50, from a free start, not sure this is legitimate.

    • HRBlock Karen

      Thank you for your posting regarding filing a free federal return and being charged $34.50. Please allow me to research your account to find out what you are being charged for. There is an additional charge for the purchase of a state return and e-file. Reply to the email from H&R Block Answers with the information needed to look up your information.
      Thank you for choosing H&R Block,
      Client Service Organization H&R Block

  • Rich Douglass

    Noticed when I signed up for the 2011 CD to be shipped in Nov 2011, that the website has not been updated and shows 2010 where logically 2011 should be appearing. Now that tax season is over, maybe one of the web editors can get that fixed.

    • HRBlock Nicholas

      Hi Rich,

      Thank you for the notification. We will investigate the year that is listed when requesting that the 2011 program be mailed to you. As for being set to receive the 2011 you wont have to worry about receiving a 2010 disc. You will also receive a confirmation email before the CD is sent so be sure to look for this. Thank you for being a loyal H&R Block customer!

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