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Filing the Return(p21)


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Due Date(p21)


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File Form 1040EZ by April 15, 2010. If you file after this date, you may have to pay interest and penalties, discussed later on this page.
If you were serving in, or in support of, the U.S. Armed Forces in a designated combat zone or a contingency operation, you can file later. See Pub. 3 for details.
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What if You Cannot File on Time?(p21)


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If you cannot file on time, you can get an automatic 6-month extension if, no later than the date your return is due, you file Form 4868. For details, see Form 4868.
However, even if you get an extension, the tax you owe is still due April 15, 2010. If you make a payment with your extension request, see the instructions for line 10 on page 18.
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What if You File or Pay Late?(p21)


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We can charge you interest and penalties on the amount you owe.
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Late filing.(p21)

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If you file late, the penalty is usually 5% of the amount due for each month or part of a month your return is late, unless you have a reasonable explanation. If you do, attach it to your return. The penalty can be as much as 25% of the tax due. The penalty is 15% per month, up to a maximum of 75%, if the failure to file is fraudulent. We will charge you interest on the penalty from the due date of the return (including extensions). If your return is more than 60 days late, the minimum penalty will be $135 or the amount of any tax you owe, whichever is smaller.
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Late payment of tax.(p21)

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If you pay your taxes late, the penalty is usually of 1% of the unpaid amount for each month or part of a month the tax is not paid. The penalty can be as much as 25% of the unpaid amount. It applies to any unpaid tax on the return.
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Frivolous return.(p21)

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In addition to any other penalties, there is a penalty of $5,000 for filing a frivolous return. A frivolous return is one that does not contain information needed to figure the correct tax or shows a substantially incorrect tax because you take a frivolous position or desire to delay or interfere with the tax laws. This includes altering or striking out the preprinted language above the space where you sign. For a list of positions identified as frivolous, see Notice 2008-14, available at www.irs.gov/irb/2008-04_IRB/ar12.html.
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Are there other penalties?(p21)

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Yes. There are penalties for negligence, substantial understatement of tax, reportable transaction understatements, filing an erroneous refund claim, and fraud. We will charge you interest on these penalties from the due date of the return (including extensions). There may be criminal penalties for willful failure to file, tax evasion, or making a false statement. See Pub. 17 for details.
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Where Do You File?(p21)


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See the back cover.
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Private delivery services.(p21)

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You can use only the IRS-designated private delivery services below to meet the timely mailing as timely filing/paying rule for tax returns and payments. These private delivery services include only the following.
The private delivery service can tell you how to get written proof of the mailing date.
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Private delivery services cannot deliver items to P.O. boxes. You must use the U.S. Postal Service to mail any item to an IRS P.O. box address.