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Tax day approaching: It's crunch time

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Veda McNair, H&R Block manager Veda McNair, H&R Block manager
Chris Peak, Peak's bookkeeping and tax service Chris Peak, Peak's bookkeeping and tax service
Jimmy Peak, Peak's bookkeeping and tax service Jimmy Peak, Peak's bookkeeping and tax service
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The end is near, tax day will arrive in 24 hours and people are still scrambling to get their last minute paperwork details in. 

 But joining the filing frenzy doesn't have to be a pain. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind to make tax work just a little bit easier.

First and foremost don't be afraid to ask questions, H&R Block manager Veda McNair feels some requirements can be confusing and by not asking for help you could be setting yourself up for mistakes, causing you to eventually get an audit.

Also, you want to make sure to bring all your paperwork, even if you're unsure if its needed, bring it anyway, leaving documents out could cause a miscalculation, especially if you're rushing.

"Try to help people to have those last minute errors, try to make sure everything is done correctly and that way we can hopefully reduce the amount of amendments," McNair said.

For Peak's Bookkeeping and Tax Service, it's an issue that should be avoided.

"It could make it cost more to pay back to the IRS with interest and possibly penalties," Chris Peak said.

His office has been overflowing with customers since late January, they have been working 6 days a week on 13 hour shifts at times just to complete forms.

"Most of us here we generally stop taking appointments after about the 1st week in April because we've got so many drop off so many people on our calendar that we have to draw the line somewhere, sometimes its not pretty but that's we have to do," Jimmy Peak said.

Agencies aren't the only ones extending their hours but the post office is as well, they will be open till midnight April 15. Once you are ready to drop off your taxes make sure to double check the postage along with the return address to avoid a delayed refund.

 

 

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