Salem, OR— The deadline to file state and federal personal income tax returns is April 18, just two weeks away. More than 1 million Oregon taxpayers are still expected to file.
More than 1,100,000 people in Oregon have already sent their state income tax returns. This year, the department expects more than 2,2 million returns altogether. More than 820,000 of these 1.1 million taxpayers have already gotten their money back. Other refunds are still in the works. Personal income tax filers can use the Where’s My Refund? The tool on Revenue’s website to find out where their tax refund is.
People who still need to file their state tax returns can get the following information from the department.
E-filing is the quickest way for taxpayers to get their tax refund. On average, taxpayers who e-file their tax returns and ask for their refunds to be deposited directly into their bank accounts get their money faster than those who file paper returns and ask for paper refund checks. People should only file once. If you file your taxes online and then send a paper return through the mail, it will delay your refund.
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Find out if you can get free tax help
People who live in Oregon and file a personal income tax return may be able to file both their state and federal taxes electronically for free if their adjusted gross income is $73,000 or less. Four tax preparation programs have been approved by Oregon and work together to offer free electronic filing:
• IRS Free File Program
Each vendor has different free filing requirements, so filers should research and choose the best. Read about the free things on the list to see if you qualify.
Those who don’t make enough money to qualify for guided preparation can use Oregon Free Fillable Forms to file for free. Free Fillable Forms can do basic calculations and are perfect for taxpayers who don’t need help filing their taxes and want the convenience of filing electronically. The agency’s electronic filing page has a detailed list of steps to use free fillable forms. Electronic filing of federal taxes is also possible through the IRS.
Groups like the AARP, CASH Oregon, and the United Way also help people who qualify with their taxes for free. Use the department’s interactive map to find tax help that is free or cheap.
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See if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Low- to middle-income taxpayers who don’t claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit might lose out on a bigger refund (EITC). The IRS website has information about who is eligible. Oregon’s Earned Income Credit can be claimed by taxpayers eligible for the EITC (EIC). The Oregon EIC can be claimed by taxpayers who file their taxes with an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) or have a qualifying child with an ITIN. Visit the Department of Revenue website to learn more about tax breaks for families.
I am filing an extension.
People who can’t file by April 18, 2023, can ask the Oregon Department of Revenue or the Internal Revenue Service for more time (IRS). Oregon is also automatically given more time if the IRS is given more time. If an extension is filed on time, the federal and Oregon tax deadlines are moved to October 16, 2023.
Only request an Oregon extension if you:
• Don’t have a federal extension.
• Owe Oregon taxes.
• Can’t file your return by April 18, 2023.
Remember that getting more time to file does not give you more time to pay any tax you owe. Even if taxpayers can’t pay the total amount they owe, they should still file and deliver what they can to avoid penalties for filing late.