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Michiana residents waiting until last minute to file taxes

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The old saying goes, nothing is a certainty in life except for death and taxes.

With April 15th only days away, many Michiana residents are at home are trying to do what ever they can to avoid the inevitable. While some people might feel like they are the only ones who are frantically punching away at their calculators trying to finish their taxes at the last minute, they definitely are not.

"Busy life, just with the kids, work, just too many things to do and waited till the last minute this year," said Rickie Meyers.

Meyers, is just one of hundreds of people in Michiana who rushed out today to get their taxes done after they realized April 15th, the national deadline to file taxes, was right around the corner.

"Better hurry up and get it done," said Meyers. "We can't wait any longer. We just gotta get in there and do it."

Rick Clayborn at AccuTax has been in the business of filing tax returns for over 30 years. He says every year people like to wait until the last minute. Every year he has to remind them it's better to do it early.

"It's better if they come in early," said Clayborn. "That way even if they owe they leave an idea of what they owe and how much and can get together as much as they can. I mean to me bad news is just like good news. You want it as quick as possible so you can deal with it."

Some people have no choice but to wait until the last minute though, like Susan Adams who did not get one of the forms she needed in the mail until this past Monday.

"I've been very nervous about it all coming up so close," said Adams, who first tried filing in early March before she was told about the missing form. "It's very stressful."

Experts with Liberty Tax say managing that stress is one of the most difficult parts of waiting this late to file. They say it's important to make sure you are remembering to fill out every form to avoid an audit. According to them, the best way to do that is to check your return from last year.

"Just kinda follow last years return and say 'okay if things haven't changed do I have those documents for what was on last year?' and just make sure those are in order," said Brian Conwell, Liberty Tax.

With how busy things get for tax experts this time of year though, sometimes its hard for even them to follow their own advice.

"I usually get into them about mid-march, but like I said I'll probably be doing mine [Friday night] (laughs) I'll be filing them," said Conwell.

Conwell added he's seen a trend in people filing later this year, after the IRS delayed filing returns in February.

People looking for help with their taxes from the experts can do so at both AccuTax and Liberty Tax. Each business opens their doors from 9:00 a.m-9:00 p.m. each day.

People who are mailing their taxes out need to have them postmarked by the 15th. To find out how late the local Post Office will be open on Tax Day, there's an online locator tool at usps.com, to help pinpoint the nearest Post Office to your home.

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