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Monday is income tax filing deadline PDF Print E-mail

Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) officials remind taxpayers the state income tax returns must be received electronically or postmarked by midnight Monday, April 15.

Taxpayers can use the DOR’s free, secure electronic tax filing program, WI e-file.  WI e-file is available 24 hours a day seven days a week and offers Wisconsin fill-in tax forms that do the math to help prevent errors.

Filers will get confirmation that DOR has received their tax return, and their refund can be deposited directly into a savings or checking account.  Go to  and click on the WI e-file button to get started.

The DOR expects approximately 3 million tax returns this season and more than 80% of them will be e-filed.

If taxpayers can not meet the tax filing deadline, they must request an extension from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 15 to avoid penalties.   Once they file the extension request, they will have until Oct. 15, to file their tax return and pay their taxes without penalty.  However, 1% interest will accrue each month on the amount due until the return is filed.

Taxpayers who filed an extension with the IRS automatically receive a state extension.  When they file their state income tax return, attach a copy of the IRS extension to the Wisconsin tax return to show that an extension request was filed (remember to keep a copy of the IRS Federal Extension Form 4868 for your records).

Taxpayers can check the status of their state income tax refund online, whether they filed electronically or in paper form.

The DOR provides the same information online and by telephone that customer service representatives use to check the status of a refund. Just visit and click on Check Your Refund or call toll-free 1-(866) 947-7363.

Friday, April 12, 2013 2:25 PM

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