April 15 has come and gone. No, you're not in trouble if you haven't filed your taxes. This year, returns aren't due until Monday, April 18, in honor of Emancipation Day—usually observed on the 16th, but as that is a Saturday, taxpayers have a few more days to prepare.
Presuming that you need this extra filing time, the Idaho Tax Commission wants to make the process as stress-free as possible by offering curbside dropoff service and easy options for filing extensions.
The Tax Commission bills its curbside drop-off as being so convenient that taxpayers won’t even have to get out of their cars. From 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, outside of the offices of the Tax Commission (800 Park Blvd.), taxpayers can submit both federal and state returns as well as federal extension forms. However, returns with payments are not being accepted at the drop-off. For federal returns with payment, the IRS is directing taxpayers to the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center in the federal building at 550 W. Fort Street.
Not quite ready to file? Extensions are available, too. To qualify for an automatic, six-month extension you need to pay either 80 percent of the tax you owe for 2010 or 100 percent of what you paid for state income taxes for 2009. This will help avoid the penalty for late filing, however, you’ll be charged 4 percent interest annually until it’s paid. The forms for these extensions can be found online or at the Tax Commission offices—where you can drop it off when you’re done.
Last minute tax information is available at tax.idaho.gov.