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Those in the community say that they like to get their taxes filed as early as the first day available to beat the deadlines as early as possible.

Returns this year are due by April 17, unless you file for an automatic six-month extension. But you can do yourself a huge favor by aiming to get everything done at least a day or two in advance, Greene-Lewis said.

If that's not detail enough for you, you can track when the IRS expects to direct deposit or mail yours by using the IRS' "Where's my refund?" tool, which is updated daily.

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The bad news is that they still have to file their return by the end of the day Tuesday. Still, he said, even if a person can not pay everything he or she owes, it's better to file it that day than not file it at all.

VITA offers free tax services for people making $54,000 or less, 60-years-old or older with disabilities and limited English language speakers.

Per the IRS, there are more than 90,000 volunteers around the country, who can help you correctly complete your return. If you're working in the gig economy or as a freelancer, you're allowed to take advantage of business expense deductions that you may not be eligible for as a W-2 employee, such as start-up costs, computers, auto expenses and so on, according to Greene-Lewis.

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"It's important to note that the failure-to-file penalty is generally more than the failure-to-pay penalty", said Sanford. In fact, if the IRS owes you money, you don't even have to let them know you're filing late.

Tax experts say you should not avoid filing your taxes is because you don't have the money to pay. The first payment for tax year 2018 is due April 17. So even if you owe more than you can pay right now, file your return and contact the IRS to set up a payment plan.

While many Americans enjoy getting a tax refund, others would rather have access to that money throughout the year.

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