Local tax company provides tips for people who file at the last minute

Local tax company provides tips for people who file at the last minute

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to file your taxes and if you have been waiting until the last minute to file, local tax experts have tips for you on how to avoid getting a penalty.

You need to gather all of your personal documents like your W-2 forms, social security or identification cards, and sources of income. But if you have trouble finding those documents, there is an extension you can apply for.

"As of recent about 3-million people over last year have still not filed their taxes at this same time," Martin said.

Justin Martin of Liberty Tax Service in Lawton said within the past 48 hours their offices have been pretty busy.

"We've seen an influx of people over the last few days, but the last day is usually when procrastinators like myself come in and get it done right before the deadline," Martin said.

Martin said you can get a six-month extension from the IRS to file your return.  But, depending on how long you wait to turn it in, you will still accumulate interest on the amount of taxes you owe, but there's no way to avoid that, other than deciding not to put it off.

"Basically just try to get in earlier, if possible next year even if you procrastinate a little less next year, try to get in in next year and have those documents ready that way if there is any issues that can be taken care of before that deadline," Martin said.

If you can't make it to a local tax service, you can visit IRS do gov and download Form 48-68. The form must be mailed to the IRS with a postmark on or before Tuesday, April 18.

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