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April 12, 2006

Valdosta - Todd Moye admits he procrastinated, and is just getting around to filing his taxes. "It's probably because of work, I've been really busy lately," said Moye.

And he's not the only one. At Tax Express in Valdosta, last minute customers just keep pouring in. "I don't sleep, I'm here 24/7 pretty much," said Linda Evers, Accountant.

Accountant Linda Evers will be working non-stop right up until the last minute to make sure all her customers beat the tax deadline. "If they get in here 10 minutes before midnight on April 17th, I can get it in in time for them," said Evers.

And she has a few tips for those who haven't filed yet, or want advice for next year. The best way to maximize your tax return is to keep extremely detailed records, and have them organized when it comes time to file. "Keep really good receipts, bring them in and let your tax professional sort through them and figure out what's best for you," said Evers.

You should also take note of changes in the mileage deduction rule. "They flip flopped, from September to December the amount changed from 40.5 cents per mile to 48.5 cents a mile," said Evers.

And keep track of every contribution you make throughout the year. "A lot of people give stuff to Goodwill or Salvation Army, you can write those off and it will really help you on your bottom line," said Evers.

If you haven't kept track of those records, you best get them together fast. All returns must be postmarked or electronically filed by 11:59 p-m on Monday.

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