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Tax deadline brings help for late filers

10:39 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When Audrey Brown looked at the calendar the registered nurse knew what to expect.

Brown is among the millions who routinely wait until April 15th, the IRS tax filing deadline, to file her income tax return.

"Generally between the 10th and the 15th is when I file," said Brown.

Brown said this year part of her delay was gathering the necessary papers. It meant being in line at a local Jackson Hewitt office.

She refuse to file her own return.

"It is not my field of expertise so I want to make I am doing what I am supposed to do," she said.

Paul Bina is area manager for Jackson Hewitt.

"You need to file or file for an extension," said Bina.

He said they were planning to keep their doors open until midnight.

"Even if you owe, the important thing is to file or face bigger penalty," said Bina.

It was a busy day for taxpayers everywhere.

Real Sense, the United Way Initiative, held a tax blitz day at the Wells Fargo bank building in Springfield.

They plan to help about 300 clients.

"There are no income restrictions," said Jeff Winkler.

Winkler said their service, which includes volunteers from AARP, is there to help avoid mistakes and meet the tax filing deadlines.

Among the common mistakes:

-Missing social security number

-Not reporting income

-Providing incorrect postal and email address

When asked why so many taxpayers wait until the deadline to file, Winkler said they believe they owe Uncle Sam when in fact they may be eligible for a tax refund.

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