The fear of owing money is one of the main reasons many file their taxes the last minute. John Smart owns a Liberty Tax Service facility in Fresno. He's expecting to help out dozens of customers by Tuesday.
“The majority who will come into the office now will end up paying and they want to push it off a little later,” said Smart.
Midnight tomorrow is the deadline to put your taxes in the mailbox. “Don't hesitate, the longer you wait, the longer the lines will be at your local income tax preparer. Also the longer the lines will be at the post office when it comes time for you to actually pay your bill,” added Smart.
If you plan on filing your taxes on your own, the IRS has some helpful tips to avoid common mistakes.
"Just start gathering your documents today and consider e-filing your return because it's the fastest and easiest way so definitely try that. Don't panic though you definitely have time," said Franchise Tax Board, Daniel Tahara.
The IRS recommends you:
1.) File Electronically
2.) Mail a paper return to the right address.
3.) Take a close look at the tax tables
4.) Fill in all requested information clearly.
5.) Review all figures.
6.) Get the right routing and account numbers.
7.) Sign and date the return.
8.) Attach all required forms.
9.) Keep a copy of the return.
10.) If you need tax forms, or have questions, go to irs.gov.
There is one more tip for all of you last minute filers: drive carefully! A new study found more people die in car accidents on income tax day than on other comparable days.
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