Wedding season is here and tax planning should be on your list of "to-do's" when saying "I do"! Keep these in mind to help fend off any tax-marriage related issues:

1. Change of name- If you take your spouse's name, be sure to report it to the Social Security Administration by completing form SS-5. Your tax return must match your SS records.

2. Change tax withholding- When you get married, you should consider a change of income tax withholding. To do that, give your employer a new Form W-4 and NC-4 (or other applicable State forms).

3. Changes in circumstances- If you receive advance payments of premium tax credit you should report a "change in circumstance", such as your marriage, to the Health Insurance Marketplace.

4. Change of address- Let the IRS know you moved. To do that, file Form 8822, Change of Address, with the IRS. You should also notify the U.S. Postal Service via your local post office or online.

5. Change in filing status- If you are married as of December 31, that is your marital status for the entire year for tax purposes. You and your spouse can choose to file your federal tax return jointly or separately each year.

Planning ahead is the best way to avoid any unnecessary issues, just like planning your wedding. After all, no one likes unwanted surprises on your wedding day OR on April 15th!

The IRS announced taxpayers can ask for a 6-month filing extension regardless of income, extending the deadline to Oct. 15.  Figures released today show that as of April 3, the IRS had already received just over 99 million returns and issued more than 77 million refunds averaging over $2,800.   This is an extension of time to file; not an extension of time to pay. However, taxpayers who are having trouble paying what they owe may qualify for payment plans and other relief.   Either way, taxpayers will avoid stiff penalties if they file either a regular income tax return or a request for a tax-filing extension by the April 15 deadline.

According to Mark Hanson with the IRS Media Relations, the fastest way to get the extra time is through the Free File link on IRS.gov to electronically request an automatic tax-filing extension on Form 4868.  To get the extension, taxpayers must estimate their tax liability on this form and should also pay any amount due.    By properly filing this form, a taxpayer will avoid the late-filing penalty, normally 5 percent per month based on the unpaid balance that applies to returns filed after the deadline. In addition, any payment made with an extension request will reduce or eliminate interest and late-payment penalties that apply to payments made after April 15.    The interest rate is currently 3 percent per year, compounded daily, and the late-payment penalty is normally 0.5 percent per month.