Taxpayers who requested the six-month filing extension should complete their tax returns and file on or before the Oct. 15 deadline, the Internal Revenue Service reminded those filers Monday.

Electronic filing options, including IRS Free File, are still available, the agency said in a news release.

The IRS says filing electronically is easy, safe and the most accurate way to file taxes. Electronic filing options include having tax returns prepared at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Counseling for the Elderly site, purchasing commercial software or choosing a reputable tax professional who is also an authorized e-file provider.

About 15 million taxpayers nationwide filed for an extension this year. Although Oct. 15 is the last day for most people to file, some may have more time. They include:

• Members of the military and others serving in a combat zone. They typically have 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file returns and pay any taxes due.

• Taxpayers in federally declared disaster areas who already had valid extensions. For details, see the disaster relief page at IRS.gov.

Another reminder, Form 1040 was redesigned for tax year 2018. The revised form consolidates Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040-EZ into one form that all individual taxpayers will use to file their 2018 federal income tax returns.

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