Tax filing day

1040 form“Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Today is the deadline for filing your 2012 federal income tax returns (unless you get an extension). The IRS website has these Free File options for the do-it-yourself folks out there.

The Virginia return is not due until May 1st. If you live in another state, check their websites for the due dates.

I finished my own return Saturday – first time in over 25 years that I haven’t had to file an extension, now that I no longer prepare returns for a living. As I’ve done this tax season, I’ll be doing volunteer tax prep today with the South Hampton Roads Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition, which is a partner in the IRS VITA program.