Updated By: Natalie Rubino
April 15, 2014 11pm
April 15th means taxes are due.
Tuesday afternoon people were scrambling all over Tallahassee to make sure they file their taxes by the midnight deadline.
Christan Lafleur stopped into Jackson Hewitt on S. Magnolia Ave. in Tallahassee to make sure he filed his taxes correctly.
"I did it myself online and it said that I was going to owe some money so I wanted to double check, bring it to some professionals and make sure that it was correct," Lafleur said.
It turned out he made a mistake.
Instead of owing money like he thought, Lafleur was given a refund.
"It's a great, great feeling to find out I was getting money. It was my human error, I guess, online," he said.
About half of the people who file their taxes on their own will make a mistake.
"Sometimes they apply for their refund and they put things on it not knowing that they shouldn't. At first you might get the refund but once the IRS reviews it again, sometimes they'll send you that letter saying 'we need that money back,'" Nancy Lattimore, Office Manager at the Jackson Hewitt said.
If you're down to the minute in getting your taxes in on time, experts say it's better to file for an extension than miss the deadline and have to pay the penalties.
"You have the penalty for not filing on time and then you have the interest that acrues on the money that you owe," Lattimore said.
In years past, post offices extend their hours on April 15th so that people could get their tax returns stamped on time.
Now they no longer do so.
"The IRS really doesn't want the paper returns anymore. So they don't even send out the forms like they did in the past," Lattimore said.
If you haven't filed yet, visit www.irs.gov to submit your taxes instantly or to request an extension.
By: Natalie Rubino
April 15, 2014
It is April 15th, and you know what that means – taxes are due!
Filing taxes is definitely not something all of us love, but it’s still something we have to do.
The deadline is tonight at midnight.
WCTV caught up with Nancy Lattimore, Office Manager at Jackson Hewitt on South Magnolia.
RUBINO: “Nancy, what are some tips for our viewers who haven’t done anything yet, but don’t want to pay certain penalties. What can they do before midnight?”
LATTIMORE: “If they think they are going to owe taxes, they need to come in and at least file an extension. That will buy them some extra time to get all the paperwork together and get the return done.”
RUBINO: “Now, it’s also the deadline to get your 2010 federal tax return. What about people who want to make sure they get their return and don’t lose their money to the US Government?”
LATTIMORE: “They need to get in and get that postmarked by midnight [tonight].”
RUBINO: “By midnight. Earlier today, a man who filed his own taxes was told he owed the government money. He wanted to get a second opinion, so he asked Nancy to look over everything. She found out he was supposed to get a refund. So Nancy, what are some common errors that you see people make when they file their own taxes?"
LATTIMORE: "By not putting in the credits that they qualify for, and knowing which ones they qualify for, or something putting in credits that they don't qualify for."
RUBINO: "So, it's always good to get a second opinion. If you haven't filed yet or want to get it double-checked, all the Jackson Hewitt offices all across Tallahassee will be open until 9pm tonight, and they’ll stay later if you come on down after then. But make sure you get here; make sure they can help you out."