Deadline for filing federal return is upon taxpayers

Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:58 p.m.

If you're reading this and you haven't filed your federal income tax return yet, have no fear. There are still some options available.

The United Way of North Central Florida is holding a free tax-preparation event today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 6031 NW First Place.

People who earned a combined household income of $51,000 or less in 2012 are eligible to get their tax returns done for free, according to a press release.

Internal Revenue Service-certified tax preparers will do tax returns at the event, which will also include food, drinks and prizes. The event is part of United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, an IRS-funded program that provides free tax preparation and filing.

Anyone wishing to have their tax returns done should bring a photo identification, Social Security card and proof of income source, which can be a W2 form, 1098 form or a Social Security statement.

Visit to register for the event on Facebook or call 333-0852.

Taxpayers who miss today's deadline to file a return can file for an extension and have until Oct. 15 to complete their return, said Barbara Roller, a registered tax preparer and owner of her own business.

The extension form, Form 4868, can be found on the IRS website and must be completed and mailed in by the end of today.

“If you need to file an extension, don't wait until the end of (the) night,” she said.

If you can't make it to the United Way event, several websites also offer free tax services, including United Way of North Central Florida, IRS Free File Program, TurboTax and H&R Block.

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