In a pinch

Monday's tax deadline looms for procrastinators


H&R Block employees said they are seeing the usual number of procrastinators waiting until the last minute to file their income taxes, even though they have two extra days this year.

Because April 15 falls on a weekend this year, the tax deadline is extended to Monday for Americans to file their income tax returns.

"When the W-2s come out, it goes crazy," said Barbara Dunckley, local H&R Block owner. "February is just a blur, then March is an even keel. Now, it's crazy again."

Many people wait until the last minute, especially if they owe money, Dunckley said. Some people just don't want to do it at all.

Dunckley said she does not like to file extensions for clients.

"The extension is just an extension of time, not of paying the money," she said. "You must send in a check with the estimated amount owed when you apply for an extension, so we would rather just file then."

At Dunckley's office, employees are seeing a lot of new faces this year, and a lot of 1099-Rs coded incorrectly. The forms from financial companies noting withdrawals from retirement funds or IRAs have been miscoded frequently, and that can result in a 10 percent penalty.

Ed McIntyre, a supervisor at Jackson Hewitt, said he has seen improvement in tax-filing habits.

"People are filing earlier this year. It's been stable and steady for the last month," McIntyre said.

McIntyre recommends calling ahead before going to the tax office and dropping off information early so experts can start going through it.

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