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Tax tips: What to do if you haven't filed your taxes

H&R Block in Huntsville was packed on Sunday with people still needing to file their taxes.

Posted: Apr. 15, 2018 8:55 PM
Updated: Apr. 15, 2018 10:49 PM

We're just two days away from the income tax filing deadline.

That deadline would normally be on April 15th, but because it's Sunday, and tomorrow is a holiday in Washington D.C., this year's deadline is Tuesday.

H&R Block in Huntsville was packed on Sunday with people still needing to file their taxes.

“Today, we’ve been busy. And Monday and Tuesday, we’ll be busy, so we just suggest everybody make an appointment and come in and see us as soon as possible," said tax specialist Diane Poffenberger.

That's exactly what Jonathan Bibb did, only two days before the tax filing deadline.

“Just like the old saying says, ‘It’s better late than never,'" Bibb said.

According to Poffenberger, some people wait as long as they can to file because they don’t have all the documents they need, or they’re still tallying up the things they can write off.

“People forget that they give donations and tithes," Poffenberger said.

Bibb says he was waiting on a tax document he needed.

Now that he has it in hand, he can finally file.

He says that's a huge weight off his shoulders.

“It’s just like that feeling when you’re trying to make it under the garage door right before it closes," Bibb said. "I mean, it’s a great feeling, you know, knowing that I did what I was supposed to do.”

Some taxpayers may work well under pressure, but Bibb says procrastinating is too stressful for him.

He hopes to get his taxes filed earlier next year.

“I don’t want to be in this boat again if I don’t have to be," he said.

If you’re in the same boat as Bibb this year, time is quickly running out.

For folks not able to file before the deadline, you can file an extension and pay at least 90% of your tax liability to avoid penalties.

Tax preparers at H&R Block will be working extra hours on Monday and Tuesday to make sure you get all the help you need.

“We are open until April 20th, so even if you don’t make it by the deadline, the 17th, then our office will still be open.”

You can also file your taxes online to avoid delays or mailing mishaps.

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