Procrastinators flood tax prep & post offices on Tax Day

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The line was long during lunch hour at the downtown post office – it’s a safe bet, some of these customers are getting their tax returns mailed before tonight’s midnight deadline.

For procrastinators, there are obvious drop off mail boxes with clearly lettered orange signs. Returns placed in the box before midnight are assured of getting an April 15 post mark.

At one of the H & R Block offices, customers were waiting in line – and the phones were constantly ringing.

“I believe I have 24 employees today and they’re all working,” jokes office manager Brenda Tadina.

There have been some minor changes in the tax code this year.

“However, the one thing I have noticed this year is that at the end of the year, the last four or five days, we’ve had a flood of returns, in comparison with other years. I’ve worked here for 18 years, and the last four or five days have been extremely busy,” says Andy Macko of H&R Block.

Some taxpayers seek extensions, according to Macko – but “If they owe money, they’re supposed to pay by today. They can still ask for an extension, but that doesn’t relieve them of their obligation, they have to pay what they owe…and in some cases, a lot of the people that come in this time of year, they actually owe money, so that’s why they come late in the year.”

Macko said stock transactions late in the year have also complicated things for some taxpayers.

For a list of post offices offering late collections go to here

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