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Franklin County taxpayers can begin filing their 2019 tax year returns later this month but don’t let that stop you from preparing your return.

Filing Federal Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.

The Internal Revenue Service has set the opening day of the 2020 filing season for Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. The deadline to file 2019 tax returns and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Residents with incomes of $69,000 or less can prepare their returns using the IRS Free Tax Return File program.

Filing State Taxes

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue's mission is to fairly, efficiently, and accurately administer the tax laws and other revenue programs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The start date for filing Pennyslivina tax returns will begin on January 27, 2020. The deadline to file 2019 Pennyslivina tax returns and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue also has a Free Tax Return program.

Franklin County Tax Preparation Service Providers

The following list was compiled from Google returns. Franklin County Free Press does not endorse any service. If you do not see a service that meets your needs use the keyword phrase “Tax Service Near Me” into Google and it will return listings that are ranked by distance from your location.

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  • Snoke’s Tax Services – 318 E King St – (717) 530-8100
  • Jackson Hewitt Tax Service – 100 South Conestoga Dr – (717) 532-3644
  • Forge Financial Tax & Services – 48 Wal Gra Dr – (717) 530-5530
  • H&R Block – 103 S Conestoga Dr – (717) 532-7744
  • Helen Runshaw Accounting – 28 Broad St – (717) 477-2279
  • Marchal & Marchal PC – 49 W Orange St # 1 – (717) 532-8927
  • Mooney & Associates – 34 W King St – (717) 530-0126
  • Sollenberger’s Messenger Service Inc – 408 E King St – (717) 532-3764
  • Mellott’s Income Tax Services – 4949 Charlestown Rd – (717) 328-5795
  • H&R Block – 46 S Main St – (717) 328-3017
  • O’Donnell & Associates Tax – 5900 Fort Loudon Rd – (717) 498-0229
  • Agaea Consulting – 309 Beech Ln – (717) 634-1117
  • Chris’ Titles & Tags – 27 W Seminary St – (717) 328-5239

What Happens if I Don’t File Taxes?

If you fail to file taxes, it will have different implications based on whether you owe taxes or are due a refund. If the IRS owed you money, failing to file will result in forfeiture of the money owed to you. On the other hand, if you owe taxes, you could be required to pay failure-to-file, failure-to-pay and interest penalties on your overdue tax bill.

It’s important to know if you owe the IRS or the IRS owes you. We recommend to fill out a tax return, even if you don’t file it. If you realize you neglected to file taxes when you should have in previous years, you can file back taxes. You may claim refunds from up to three years prior.

Good luck, may the tax gods smile upon your 2019 tax form and bless you with a cornucopia of tax exemptions.

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