As the midnight tax deadline approaches, last-minute filers are heading to local preparers for help. Many admit, they usually wait until time is running out.
At Liberty Tax in Lansing’s Frandor Shopping Center, a woman stands outside dressed in a Statue of Liberty costume, and the waiting room is full. Joseph Cox, Manager, says there’s been a steady stream of customers since Monday morning. “Anxiety, lots of people worried about extensions."
Liberty Tax stayed open until midnight Monday night, and will do the same Tuesday. It’s first come, first serve, unless you have an appointment. Every preparer is busy, crunching the computer numbers. Cox says, “There hasn't been a lot of changes, but a few people that have been hit by new, affordable care act taxes. The higher income people had to pay a higher medicare tax, and a higher investment tax that has hit quite a few people kind of by surprise."
All of the returns at Liberty Tax are electronically filed with the IRS. Cox says, “People really have until way into midnight to get their tax return done or an extension in if they need to."
At the Post Office in Lansing, managers say the lines have been steady all day. Many people still choose to mail their taxes in, instead of e-filing. Sabrina Todd, Lansing Post Office, says “Despite what the IRS says about 91% of people mailing their tax returns online, we still see a lot of people coming into the post office physically mailing their returns."