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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Thursday tax preparers like H&R Block were busy with clients who waited until the last minute to file.

More people are E-filing returns now, so Albany Post Office employees won't be working late like they have on tax day for years.

If you plan to send your return through the mail, there won't be anyone at the post office past regular hours to help. If you think you'll need extra postage, they say bring it with you.

Tax preparers say at this point your best bet of meeting the deadline is E-filing your return.

It's likely the longest working day for tax preparers, at least it is at the H&R Block office which tonight is open until...

"The last customer leaves the office," said Clifton Bush, H&R Block Supervisor.

Many have waited until the last minute.

"I've been saying I was going to do it next week, the next week comes, then this week here I am," said Willie George, of Leary.

It's because he likely owes the government.

"I probably have to pay so I'm in no hurry to pay them," said George.

Others don't want that last minute pressure.

"I sent them off yesterday. I did them Tuesday," said Johnnie Rucker, of Leary.

Tax preparers say if you've waited until Thursday your best bet now is to E-file.

"Even if the return is rejected on the final day you still have a few days to work with the IRS to get the reject fixed," said Bush.

"It's (E-filing) so simple you can basically do it yourself," said Rucker.

If you don't have all the information you need you can file a 1040X and amend the return or request an extension that give you another six months to file but you must still pay.

"Make sure you pay at least 90 percent of the tax that your going to owe with the extension," recommends Bush.

If you're not computer savvy and you're planning to drop the return in the mail, don't expect help at the post office. They'll be closed.

"We're closed at the regular hours but you have up to 12:00 midnight to drop the form off her at the Main Post Office on S. Slappey," said Rudell Dunnaway, Customer Service Supervisor at the Albany Post Office.

Don't worry they'll be post marked April 15th as long as they're in the box by midnight.

Someone from the post office will come out at midnight and collect all the tax form and make sure they're post marked by the deadline. You can also go online and print a shipping label from the post office with the April 15th post mark.

If you miss the deadline, you'll have to pay a late penalty plus interest on what you owe the government. Next year all tax preparers that handle a large number of returns will be required to e-file those returns.


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