“I try not to wait and file my taxes at the last minute, but for the last two years I have,” said customer Pam Davies. “I do not intend to be this late next year.”
Individual state and federal income tax returns were due to be filed by midnight Monday. All documents had to be filed electronically or by mail with the April 15 postmark to avoid being considered late.
Davies stood in the long line at the Marietta location just to make sure her letter was stamped with the April 15 date.
“I don’t remember the line being this long last year,” she said. “There seem to be more procrastinators like me this year.”
Brian Staehling, who lives in Suwanee but works off Cobb Parkway, said he files his taxes on the last day intentionally every year.
“I’m actually filing last year’s with this year’s,” he said. “I hate doing taxes.”
Staehling is such a big fan of last-minute tax dealings, he bought tax preparation software Sunday to wrap up his paperwork.
Anyone who knew they wouldn’t make the deadline on time or needed a little extra time to file tax returns could have filed for a six-month extension, either electronically or by mail, but that needed to be done by midnight Monday as well.
All or part of the estimated income taxes can be paid by debit or credit card if filed online, according to the IRS website.
Katy Rathke, an accountant with Legacy Accounting and Tax LLC in Kennesaw, said there are a variety of reasons why individuals file for an extension, but that doesn’t get you off the hook for paying a portion of your taxes.
“If you owe taxes, at least do a projection and make a payment with the filed extension,” she said.
Common reasons for requesting an extension include a lack of organization, unanticipated events or tax planning purposes, according irs.gov.