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The IRS stopped one million fraudulent tax returns in 2016, but more than a half-million taxpayers still had their identities stolen. That generally happens when the basic information does not match up, although your extension may be rejected if you grossly underestimate the amount of tax that you owe. Make sure your return is signed and sent to the correct IRS address.

Foreign wire transfers: If you have a USA bank account, you can use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. The temptation to try to avoid the notice of the IRS can be nearly overwhelming. You still must pay at least a good estimate of any tax you owe by the April deadline or risk penalties and interest. Pay the tax due with the return or with an automatic extension. Requesting an extension to file does not extend the time to pay.

-Where do you go to file online? The Internal Revenue Service expects about 13 million taxpayers will not file a full tax return by the deadline.

Here are a few last minute helpful tips in filing taxes this year, according to the IRS. There is no need to file a paper or electronic Form 4868 when making a payment with IRS Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) or by debit or credit card. Each month that you don't pay, you get hit with a 0.5 percent penalty charge on what you owe. Penalties themselves require separate forms to be filed with your tax return - Form 2210, Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates and Trusts, or Form 2220, Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Corporations.

Even though filing for an extension is easy, there are a couple of things you have to remember. But there are alternatives.

"Balancing the demand for a speedy refund with protecting IL taxpayers against the threat of tax fraud and identity theft has been an ongoing challenge", said Connie Beard, IDOR Director.

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The best and fastest way for taxpayers to get their refund is to have it electronically deposited into their bank or other financial account.

When it comes to income taxes, most people are being rewarded for filing because they get money back. Limited quantities of printed tax forms are available at public libraries across the state. Contributing to a traditional IRA can help you reduce your taxable income by as much as $5,500 for those younger than 50 or $6,500 for those 50 or older.

Don't forget, you can still get hit with a late payment fee if you owe money on your taxes.

You can use freefile on the IRS website if you file a qualifying return.

DO: Use IRS Form 4868. For those who made more than that, there are Free File Fillable Forms online.

"But time is running out", the IRS said in a press release.


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