Tax deadline: Marietta taxpayers take it to the limit
by Lindsay Field
April 16, 2013 12:51 AM | 2344 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At the head of the line Monday at the Marietta Post Office, Scott Austin of Powder Springs fills out his mailing label to the Internal Revenue Service while waiting to be called to one of the five windows. Monday was the filing deadline before requiring an extension.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
At the head of the line Monday at the Marietta Post Office, Scott Austin of Powder Springs fills out his mailing label to the Internal Revenue Service while waiting to be called to one of the five windows. Monday was the filing deadline before requiring an extension.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
MARIETTA — During lunchtime Monday, the line at the U.S. Post Office off Lawrence Street in Marietta was stretched toward the exit.

“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
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April 16, 2013
I always file late. I haven't filed yet. I will file this weekend maybe. Maybe probably not. I will file by the end of May. Always do. Don't ask me why. I have had 3 months to file since I got all my tax information. I do this every year. Sometimes I pay a penalty; sometimes they ignore that I filed late. It just brings me some kind of perverse satisfaction that I didn't file by April 15---nah, nah, nah (imagine now my thumb in ear and my other fingers flapping, nah, nah, nah, I didn't file by April 15). The penalty is miniscule. No, people, you won't end up in jail if you file a month or two or several months late. I guess it is my way of protest because I always have to pay and I have a niece with three out of wedlock children that has a great job, but because of deductions doesn't pay a dime in the end but gets four thousand or so back every back and I wind up as Joe and Jan taxpayer paying for her. The 47 percent is out there that don't pay income tax. Sad thing is that they can vote.
April 16, 2013
"Line...was stretched to the exit. So what's new about that - go to this post office almost any day and the line will be this long when it is not April 15 - with usually 2 windows open and if another person comes to a window - one of the first 2 will leave. This post office is a joke
April 16, 2013
What? Why?
April 16, 2013
Why would anybody go wait in line at the post office when you can get out of it for $18?

By the time you save yourself the cost of two stamps and the gasoline by filing online, you got out of waiting at the post office for a mere $15.

Everyone should dig up their mail boxes today. This pig is cooked.

I heard a rumor Sue Everhart already has a plan in place for the people in her club to remove their mail boxes as a(nother) TEA party protest

If only we could dig up our 1040 forms and opt out of taxes so easily!
GA 500 PDF
April 16, 2013
Did the Georgia 500 PDF form work for anyone? I filled it out and signed electronically and hit "save", which resulted in 11 pages, 9 of them apparently blank, but one showing directions to click the (unseen) green button to print, and one other showing my electronic signature. Couldn't save, couldn't print. Tried the whole thing from scratch three times before finally paying an online provider to take my information. Thanks Georgia for wasting my time and money while taking my money. Whoever is in charge of that 500 PDF should be in the board room today. Someone should be fired!
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