Tax filing deadline is less than a week away

CREATED Apr. 8, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - In less than a week, your taxes are due to the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. That is, unless you file an extension.

April 15 is the date when your taxes or an extension is due. With the extension, you get until Oct. 15, 2013 to file your state and federal income tax return. But that doesn't mean you have until then to pay. Interest accrues at one percent each month on the amount due until it's paid in full.

Wisconsin offers payment plans on your tax bill. You can find all the information here.

To meet the deadline of April 15, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue is urging people to file their taxes electronically. If you have a refund coming, the state can even direct deposit your money, straight into your bank account.

If you need help with your taxes, there are several sites that offer free assistance that is available to people with low to moderate income, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.

You can dial 211 and ask for a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site near you.