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April 18 is deadline for filing federal income tax returns

During a break between clients, senior tax adviser Kimberly Stewart gives some tips on last-minute tax filing at the H&R Block office in south Shreveport. (Source: Jeff Ferrell/KSLA News 12) During a break between clients, senior tax adviser Kimberly Stewart gives some tips on last-minute tax filing at the H&R Block office in south Shreveport. (Source: Jeff Ferrell/KSLA News 12)
(Source: Jeff Ferrell/KSLA News 12) (Source: Jeff Ferrell/KSLA News 12)
(Source: Jeff Ferrell/KSLA News 12) (Source: Jeff Ferrell/KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

There's good news for the nearly 40 million Americans the IRS says have yet to file their federal income tax returns. Everyone gets a few more days to file this year.

The deadline is tomorrow Tuesday, April 18.

When April 15 falls on a weekend, the deadline is moved to the following Monday, if it's not a holiday. But Monday is a legal holiday, Emancipation Day, in Washington, D.C. So the deadline shifts to Tuesday.

The Internal Revenue Service expects more than 153 million federal income tax returns to be filed this year.

Among them will be one from Brian Morris, who is filing this weekend.

"I could have done it online. I just don't trust myself. It's just easier to do it, you know, come here."

Kimberly Stewart and other tax advisers now are beginning to see the final wave of taxpayers starting to come in.

"Some people are just anxious to file.  Taxes make people nervous," she said.

The average tax return at H&R Block takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete, Stewart said.

Sometimes it takes longer, typically when a customer may forget paperwork. 

That's why Stewart urges people to call ahead to the office to figure out exactly what they need to bring.

She said she's seen cases where people waited until so late to file their tax return, there was no time to go back and find the documents they needed.

"Yes, yes. And that's why we encourage filing an extension."

Overall, the IRS expects 13 million extension requests this year.

An extension gives taxpayers until Oct. 15 to file their return.

"But it doesn't stop any penalties or interest from accruing. It just stops some of the penalties," Stewart said.

Penalties for not filing your federal income tax return start at $25 and go as high as $300, depending on your income. 

Tax advisers also can help people set up payment arrangements or installments for those who cannot afford their entire tax bill in one payment, Stewart said.

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