Dept. of Revenue: Tax filing deadline one month away

CONTACT: Stephanie Marquis, 608-266-2300

E-file Your Return Now and Schedule Your Payment Before April 18th Deadline

The tax filing deadline is April 18th this year and state revenue officials are encouraging people to electronically file their taxes online now. You can e-file your return to get your refund faster, but you can also schedule a payment for a future date if you owe taxes.

“We expect about three million tax returns this year, and more than 75% of those will be e-filed, making Wisconsin a national leader in e-filing,” said Secretary Richard G. Chandler. “E-filing is secure, confidential, and you can get your refund in just days. You can also e-file now if you owe taxes, but schedule your payment on a date that is convenient for you anytime before the April 18th deadline. ”

The deadline for filing your 2010 income tax returns is April 18, 2011, which is a few days later than usual due to the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C.

If you need help filing your tax return, call 2-1-1 to find a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site in your area. These sites help serve low-to-moderate income residents, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities prepare their tax returns. If you live in the Milwaukee area, call 414-227-3887 to schedule an appointment at the Department of Revenue office for free Homestead Credit help.

Please be sure to bring the documents below to the volunteer tax site:

* All documents about the income you received during the year

* Any tax documents you got in the mail

* Legal names and social security numbers for everyone you will include on your tax return

* Signed rent certificate or property tax bill if you will file for Homestead Credit

* Your bank account numbers to get refunds deposited into your account (example: deposit slip)

* Your spouse must come if married and filing jointly

People can also e-file their state income tax return for free from the Department’s website at WI e -file is available 24/7 and the program offers Wisconsin fill-in tax forms that perform the math to help prevent errors when you prepare the return. You will receive a confirmation once you submit your return.

Our website at has information and many self-service options to help you file your return. You will find links to forms, instructions, and frequently asked questions. Plus, take a look at our helpful videos about Wisconsin e-file, Homestead Credit and more.