Tax Rush

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

The line extended nearly to the front entrance of the Collins Road Post Office Saturday. It was a mixture of people simply mailing packages and those finally sending off their tax returns. But it wasn't without hesistation for many.

Says Jim Montgomery, "Mainly because I owe. So I want to kind of wait until the last minute to send it off."

For some like Brian Krause, the procrastination is habitual.

"You just put it off and put it off and before you know it the 15th is rolling around. I'm frankly lucky if I don't have to file an extension. I don't think I've ever been early," he says.

An extension is exactly what Elsie Kettunen is planning on.

"This is the first year I have to pay, and I want to just go back and review what I've done," she says.

Nikali Luke of Simplified Accounting & Tax says, "The phone's ringing with people dropping off the last piece of info. But we also have people coming in that are just ready to go and have all their stuff together. They just have had no rush to do it."

For those of who haven't yet filed their taxes, there's still time. Because April 15th falls on a Sunday, the deadline's been extended to Tuesday, the 17th.

"Anyone can file an extension. The form is the 4868. Unfortunately it's an extension of time to file, not of time to pay. So if you owe, you're supposed to pay what you think you owe at that time. And they give you six months to finish that tax return," says Luke.

The Collins Road Post Office in Lansing will have extended hours Tuesday. It will be open from 7am until midnight.

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