IRS Kicks off 2012 Expat Tax Year with Deadline Extension

Tax Deadline Extension

With the recent news that the IRS has over $150 million in undelivered tax returns, the IRS wanted to kick off the season for US expat taxes this year with some good news.  The IRS issued a news release explaining that the deadline for 2011 US expat taxes has been extended to April 17, 2012, and explained some other ways the IRS will be making this year easier for taxpayers.

Deadline Extended

Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17, [2012] to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Monday, April 16. According to federal law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have two extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 15 to file their 2012 tax returns.

The good news comes due to the typical April 15th tax date falling on both a Sunday and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falling on Monday, April 16th.  Two extra days to file your US expat taxes!

Other IRS 2012 Announcements

The IRS continues to focus on taxpayer service. The best way for taxpayers to get answers to their questions is by visiting the IRS website at IRS.gov. The IRS has updated the front page of the IRS website to make it easier for taxpayers to get key forms, information and file tax returns…

…Individuals making $50,000 or less can use the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for free tax preparation and, in many cases, free electronic filing. Individuals age 60 and older can take advantage of free tax counseling and basic income tax preparation through Tax Counseling for the Elderly. Information on these programs can be found at IRS.gov.

The IRS, as usual, encourages taxpayers to take advantage of all of the tools at hand to file their US expat taxes. There is even a smartphone app that provides information regarding the status of refunds and e-filing that is available to anyone around the globe.

Need More Information About US Expat Taxes?

The IRS continues to step up enforcement for those who file US expat taxes late. If you need help filing US expat taxes or would like to learn about our expat tax services, please contact us.