Procrastinators Beware . . . Tax Return Deadline Is Today

Today is tax day and if you have not mailed your taxes, you have until midnight to get it done. I know you know, but this is your friendly reminder. According to Luke 20:25 we are to “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” Have you been procrastinating? Have you waited until the last minute?

It’s not too late to render to Caesar what belongs to him. Take some time out of your busy schedule and get to work on your tax return. Ignoring it won’t make it go away. We have a responsibility to pay taxes whether we want to or not. That’s called obedience and that is what we are responsible to render unto God – or at least that is what we should give to God – our obedience. If you are holding back because you don’t have the money to pay, contact the IRS. Given the economy, and the unemployment rate, they will be willing to work with you. But you have to take the first step – complete your tax return and file them. Get them in the mail by midnight or file online.

If you don’t have time to file your taxes, take a moment and file for an extension. By filing for the extension you avoid the penalty for failure to file. The penalty for failure to file is 5% per month based on the amount of taxes you owe. The maximum penalty is 25%. I will let you do the math. Go for the extension if you need to. According to www.irs.gov, taxpayers who need extra time to file their federal returns this year can file the Form 4868 request for an automatic extension through IRS Free File. The extension gives you an additional six months, until Oct. 15, to file the tax return.

Procrastination means to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done. You know it’s time to get those taxes complete. The IRS is willing to help, but you have to activate them so that they can assist you. It’s tax day! Take the load off your mind, file your taxes and enjoy your day!

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