Tax payers got an extra two days to file this year with April 15 falling on a Sunday and a Washington D.C. holiday falling on Monday. However, many still have not filed.
Boxes of receipts and stacks of W-2s and 1099s are daunting and that leads to many waiting until the last minute to file.
“People wait to the last minute usually if they owe, they don’t want to do it in the middle of tax season,” said Liberty Tax Service Manager Arletta Mimbs. “They’ll wait until the last minute. Or they’re going to file an extension. Or a lot of people forget actually. They will forget what the date is for the deadline.”
Time has run out for those who dilly-dally. The deadline to file both your federal income and state tax returns is midnight Tuesday, April 17.
Those in a rush to get their return done are susceptible to errors, so make sure to double-check your work. Try to be patient, too, if you need to contact and outside service for tax prep help.
“The IRS will be very busy because there are a lot of people that wait to the last minute,” said Mimbs. “And you want to make sure that you do get it in tomorrow. It must be done either here or any other place and it must be done before midnight to be on time.”
If you plan to file an extension, you also must submit your request by midnight tomorrow. Just remember, filing an extension does not give you more time to pay money that you owe.
If you plan on making your way out to the post office tomorrow to mail your return, be careful. Researchers have found that fatal car crashes increase nationally by six percent on tax day.