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5 more tax tasks to take care of by April 15

Tax Day April 15I know it's late on Friday. But it's also the Friday before April 15.

Not to ruin your weekend, but you might need to do some extra tax work this Saturday and Sunday.

The reason? April 15 isn't just for filing your annual federal tax return or, if you're a bit jammed up, sending the Internal Revenue Service File Form 4868 to get an automatic six-month extension to file.

April 15, or the next business day when it falls on a weekend or federal holiday, also is the deadline for five other tax tasks.

I know I mentioned them in my April 1 tax moves to make post. They're also listed in the right column of the ol' blog under the heading of the same name.

And the additional April 15 tax chores were the topic today for my posting at Bankrate Taxes Blog.

But I just have to nag remind you one more time. So here goes.

1. Make IRA contributions
The annual tax deadline is your last chance to make a contribution to your traditional or Roth IRA and have it count as if made in the prior calendar year. If you plan to deduct some or all of what you put into your transitional IRA last year, you need to put the money (or the rest of it) into the account by April 15.

2. Contribute to your HSA
If you have a health savings account (HSA), you have until April 15 to contribute and maximize your 2012 deductions to this medical insurance plan.

3. Pay your estimated taxes
Do you make estimated tax payments? Then your first payment for the 2013 tax year is due April 15.

4. Submit a tax year 2009 return
April 15, 2013, is the last day you can file a 2009 tax return and get your share of $917 million in refund money that was not claimed by taxpayers for that year. If you don't claim it by this Tax Day, then Uncle Sam gets to keep your money.

5. File your state tax returns
Most states that collect income taxes from their residents follow the federal filing calendar. That means that you probably need to get those returns to your state tax office by April 15, too.

Have a good weekend!


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