ROANOKE, Va. -

You have six days to file your income taxes and if you're trying to beat the clock you have options.

The most important thing for late filers is to be organized. Whether you're preparing your own taxes or having a professional do it, you must have all the paperwork in order.

For many, an extension is the best option, it will give you until October 15th, but there's things you need to know before you chose that route.

"It doesn't necessarily save you from any penalties or late filing fees," Liberty Tax preparer, Mike Shelor told Your Hometown News Leader.

But what filing a tax extension can do is open communication with the IRS.

"It is a tool that you can use at your disposal that lets the IRS know that you're going to file."

Tax preparers say many people wait until the last minute because either they owe the IRS or have complicated taxes. Either way, filing the extension, is the easiest part.

"They can come to a tax preparer who'll be glad to file the extension for them or they can go online and file the extension directly with the IRS," said Shelor.

But you can't procrastinate too long.

"The April 15-th deadline is approaching, you need to file your return. Or file for an extension by April 15-th and if you owe the IRS, you need to make sure that you pay that amount in full by April 15-th to avoid any penalties and interest," IRS spokesperson, Mark Hanson told WDBJ7.

The clock on interest and fees if you owe, starts ticking after April 15-th. The best thing to do is pay as much as you can but the IRS will work with you.

"In the end, the IRS wants to make sure that taxpayers meet the federal income tax obligations but we also don't want to put tax payers in a situation where they're choosing between paying their taxes and feeding their family," said Hanson.

Bottom line? Communicate.

"We can work with taxpayers on a case by case basis to come up with an alternative payment arrangement," assured Hanson.

The IRS is asking people to be on the lookout for telephone and email scams. The IRS will most often contact you by mail if there's an issue.

No one from the agency will call demanding payment of taxes or email you for personal information.

If this does happen, contact police and the IRS immediately.

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