It's down to the final weekend: Monday is the April 15 tax-filing deadline. Need some last-minute help? Here's where to find it:
The IRS announced Friday that its taxpayer phone lines will be open Saturday and for extended hours on Monday to help consumers with tax-related questions. The consumer help line - (800) 829-1040 - will be taking calls on:
Saturday, April 13: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time
Monday, April 15: 7 a.m. to midnight, local time
(For business-related tax help on Monday, call (800) 829-4933 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., local time.)
Both the IRS and the state Franchise Tax Board have 24/7 information on their websites, including tax calculators, frequently-asked questions, tax extensions/credits. You can download tax forms, e-file your return, pay your tax bill, request a six-month extension to file.
The Sacramento office at 4330 Watt Ave. in Sacramento is open with extended hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can pick up tax forms, make payments and get help with questions from volunteer tax assistance . Other Taxpayer Assistance Centers are in IRS offices statewide.
To find free tax-filing help from a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) center, you can search online by zipcode. Or call (800) 906-9887. VITA and TCE help is free to those with incomes below $51,000.
Franchise Tax Board
For help by phone, call (800) 852-5711 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Be warned: Wait times can be up to two hours. For faster answers to general tax questions, use the FTB's online "Live Chat" feature.
For walk-in help, the FTB's Sacramento field office at 3321 Power Inn Road is open Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can pick up forms, e-file a return, drop off a paper return or make a tax payment.
NEED MORE TIME?
You can request a six-month extension - until Oct. 15 - to file your IRS tax return. But note: it's not an extension to pay what you owe. If you don't pay at least a portion of your tax bill by April 15, you will incur interest and possible penalties, up to 25 percent.
If e-filing an IRS extension request, use Free File. It must be filed by midnight on April 15.
If filing a paper request, use IRS Form 4868. The form, available at IRS offices or on the IRS website, must be postmarked by April 15.
For California taxes, a six-month extension until Oct. 15 is automatic if you don't file a return. But just like the IRS, if you don't pay what you owe by April 15, you'll face interest and penalties.