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Voice of the Consumer: Missed your tax deadline? |

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If you did not file your taxes in time for the deadline, the Internal Revenue Service is recommending you file them as soon as possible to avoid fines.

If you are supposed to get a refund from the IRS, then you won’t receive a penalty for filing late. But the IRS says if you owe money and missed the deadline without asking for an extension, you should file as quickly as possible to limit penalties and fines.

The IRS said families who don’t owe money can still file their 2021 tax return and claim the Child Tax Credit though April 15, 2025, without penalties.

According to the IRS, certain taxpayers automatically qualify for extra time to file without penalties. Members of the military who served or are currently serving in a combat zone may qualify for an extension of at least 180 days to file taxes.

Some others who qualify include support personnel in combat zones or a contingency operation in support of armed forces. That also includes taxpayers outside of the U.S. Some disaster victims also received an extension. The tax deadline has been extended for the victims of the Marshall fire until May 16, 2022.

The IRS is encouraging consumers to file their taxes electronically, including IRS Free File, which you can find on IRS.gov. The fastest way to get a refund is by choosing direct deposit. The IRS said 9 in 10 refunds are issued within three…

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