Today (April 18) is the last day to file your taxes

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - If you haven't filed your taxes, today is the day.

"Normally tax day is on the 15th but because of the weekend, and then, Emancipation day in Washington D.C. which is observed, we go to the next day which is April 18th, so that's our deadline," said senior tax specialist Pat Dosdall.

An estimated 45 million people pay taxes, but not everyone has filed just yet.

"Four million tax payers that have waited until April to file their returns," said Dosdall.

While that many people are expected to file, others just won't.

"Not filing their taxes we believe is one of the major mistakes a tax payer can make." said Dosdall.

Experts suggest you file for a refund or extension instead of ditching your return.

There is a way to alleviate the burden if you owe more money than you can afford right now. The IRS offers a payment installment agreement option.
It's also important to make sure you are filling out your return correctly. Many taxpayers make mistakes that can cost them.

"Not itemizing if they own a home, or not claiming any deductions they might have," said Dosdall.

There are many tax credits you can receive. H&R Block recommends that you speak with a tax specialist to make sure you know all the deductions you qualify for.

The deadline to file your taxes is April 18. The date was pushed back due to April 15 falling on a Saturday.