CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If seeing today's date, April 15, on the calendar sent a wave of panic through you because of not-yet-filed income taxes, relax. Taxpayers have until Tuesday to file their state and federal taxes.
Still not enough time? Then you may be among the 29,000 West Virginians whom the IRS expects will ask for an extension to file their income taxes.
Last year, around 10.5 million taxpayers nationwide filed for an extension to pay their taxes. An extension can be filed for any reason and gives taxpayers until Oct. 15 to file.
But if you think you can wait until October to pay taxes, think again. Extensions are for filing only; the taxes themselves are still due by April 17.
"We would remind people that it's not an extension to pay," IRS spokesman Mark Hanson said. "If you owe the IRS, you need to pay the IRS by April 17 in order to avoid penalties and interest."
Those who do choose to file an extension must estimate what they owe in taxes and pay that amount by April 17.
"If you overpay, when you file you would be able to get that money refunded to you," Hanson said.
Some taxpayers get an extension without asking for one. Military members on duty out of the country and U.S. citizens and resident aliens living and working abroad may wait until June 15 to file and pay. Interest will still apply, though, to payments made after April 17.
Military members serving in a combat zone may file and pay their taxes at least 180 days from when they leave the combat zone.
Closer to home, West Virginians affected by severe storms in Logan, Lincoln, Marion and Wayne counties, which were declared federal disaster areas, have until May 31 to file and pay taxes. Those with questions on tax extensions for disaster declarations may call 866-562-5227 for more details.