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Tax time running out

Posted April 11, 2010
Updated April 12, 2010

— The April 15 deadline for filing state and federal income taxes arrives this week. For people still trying to complete tax returns, help is available throughout the Triangle area.

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At H&R Block, 4532 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh, last-minute filers got tax questions answered Sunday. Many families seeking on-the-spot tax preparation came prepared for a wait.

"The kids usually go where we go so we have different little gadgets and things for them to do while we are taking care of business,” tax filer Beth Plumeri said while waiting for assistance at H&R Block.

Tax preparers with whom WRAL News spoke with Sunday said the economy has had an impact on this year's tax season.

“We noticed a lot of people coming in, and they lost their jobs this year,” said Jim Morgan, with H&R Block.

Morgan said a lot of those people are facing stiff penalties for tapping into retirement funds early.

"Sometimes that pushes folks into a slightly higher tax bracket than they've had in the past,” Morgan explained.

(VITA sites offer free tax filing help)

Some taxpayers are rushing to take advantage of the government's first-time homebuyer tax credit. Buyers with a house under contract by April 30 are eligible for a tax credit up to $8,000.

People who are not ready to file a tax return can request a six-month extension.

"That is an extension to file the tax return, not an extension to pay the balance due. If they do not pay the balance due, they are subject to penalties and interest," Morgan said.

As more taxpayers turn to online filing, U.S. Postal Service officials have reduced the number of post offices opening late on April 15.

The Raleigh Main Post Office, at 1 Floretta Place, will accept stamped and prepared tax returns until midnight, but retail service will not be available after 5 p.m.

Electronic tax filing is also the fastest way to get refunds, according to the Internal Revenue Service.


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  • Caveman93 Apr 12, 2010

    Cannot wait to see how short their receipts are this year. LOL!

  • jbtilley Apr 12, 2010

    The absolute best thing you can do is to adjust your deductions such that you owe the state a small amount at the end of each year. That way you can keep them waiting for your check.

  • Commonscents Apr 12, 2010

    When is the State going to cough up the refunds it owes people???

  • FE Apr 12, 2010

    It never ceases to amaze me how people wait until the absolutely last minute to do their taxes.

    If you do them yourself, you might encounter problems getting needed documentation.

    If you find a preparer, that person is now going to be overloaded and/or stressed himself. And FWIW, many of the more qualified preparers will not even "start" new returns in April - leaving you to the skills of the folks at the store-front operations. Generally they are geared to the less complicated returns and to the quick refund/earned income credit crowds of late January.

    And even IF you owe money - file the doggone return as soon as you have the information. The money is not due until April 15th!

    Oh yes - to repeat - an extension is an extension of FILING and not an extension of PAYMENT.