Last-Minute Tax Filing Tips for 2011


A: There aren't any tax credits that would qualify directly for kitchen remodeling; home remodeling tax credits apply to projects such as replacing insulation or the installation of roofing or a new water heater, Hobson said. But viewers may be eligible for an appliance rebate if they purchase Energy Star-qualified appliances -- including dishwashers and refrigerators -- when they remodel. Seventeen states, including California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania still have these programs available. Last year, 1.4 million consumer rebates valued at $207 million were paid out, she added.

Check the Energy Star website to find out which purchases are eligible or which states offer rebates.

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Don't wait until the last day to file your tax return. This could lead to more errors and missed deductions. If you do not think you can file your tax return by April 18 then consider an extension or an installment plan. You can find more information about these two options on the IRS website.

If you haven't already, contribute to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) by April 18 and you may be able to deduct your contribution from your taxes.

Do not forget to sign your tax return, and if you are filing jointly with your spouse, then both of you must sign your return. Not signing your return makes it invalid, which will delay your refund.

The viewers' questions were edited for clarity.

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