Apr 15, 2013 11:54 PM by Rebecca Taylor

Help for procrastinators filing taxes last minute

TUCSON - If you haven't filed your taxes yet, time is running out.

Tucson's Main Post Office on Cherrybell Stravenue is staying open late Monday, until midnight to accommodate procrastinators.

If you're unable to make Monday's deadline you can request a tax extension with the IRS.

Monday night after Tucsonans got off work it was a steady flow of traffic, bumper to bumper outside and inside the post office.

News 4 Tucson's Rebecca Taylor asked, how was it in line at the post office, and what's your excuse for waiting until April 15th?

"Crowded. I don't know why we waited until the end I don't know. I ran out of stamps how about that. It's not a very good excuse," said one man with a chuckle.

With no time to dawdle a gal dropped off her mother's tax return. What's her excuse for waiting so long?

"She really doesn't have one, she just waited until the very last minute," she said smiling.

Kathryn Forgach is a tax preparer at Liberty Tax in Tucson, "At this point you really want to make sure you get an extension filed."

E-filing form 4868 gives taxpayers until October 15 to file a return, says Forgach, to avoid a late-filing penalty.

To get the extension, you must estimate your tax liability and also pay any amount due.

"And here's the problem, if you don't know what you owe then you have a tough time sending it in," says Forgach. "So what I would suggest, if you do know that you owe say two thousand, you might want to send it in, or send in one thousand to cover some of your liability."

The IRS reports 97-million taxpayers had already submitted their tax forms by the first of this month.

About 90-percent were done electronically.

For others, owing money led to their admitted procrastination.

"When they owe me I usually get it done quicker," joked a man from Oro Valley. "The good news is Arizona still owes me."

Click here for a link to the extension form.


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