Every year, plenty of procrastinators wait until the very last minute to mail their tax returns. Target 11 Consumer Investigator Robin Taylor has their story.
The IRS said about a third of the United State tax-paying population is organized and gets their taxes done early. In many cases, those people get a refund, while the rest of us need a deadline to get motivated.
Tuesday afternoon, I caught last-minute filers mailing off their checks at the post office because they owe the IRS.
I asked Linda Lavelle why she waits until the last day, "I always do because I’m a procrastinator.”
With Rick Dominytus, it is tradition. He waits until the very last day to do his taxes just in case he owes. I met him at H & R block where this year he got some good news. He's getting a $9 refund.
"Would you rather owe $3,000 or get $9 back? I'll take the $9," said Dominytus.
According to the IRS, 25 percent wait until the last week to file taxes. Another 10.5 million taxpayers will file for an extension.
Last-minute filers are more likely to make mistakes. Some of the most common are math errors such as transposing numbers, or missing deductions like the education credit.
At H & R block, they will file an extension for free, but if you owe you'll still need to send in money. If you haven't done your taxes yet, their doors will be open late.
"It's a fun day for us. It's a long tax season. We're open seven days a week for four months so we look forward to finishing up strong. Our tax professionals are dedicated and they stay until the last client has left the office," said Chuck Catullo, a district manager for H & R Block.
Remember, tax return have to be post marked by midnight tonight.