With the approach of April 15, some people are making their annual trip to accountants and the post office in a rush, while others filed early to be aware of legislative changes to tax guidelines, according to local tax offices.
“We’re so slammed right now,” said Kimberly Carroll, franchise owner of Liberty Taxes at 843 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. “The last week gets really crazy every year. People are panicking now.”
In addition to a busy filing week, Carroll also said she has seen a few extensions and anticipates several more in the next few days, especially with small businesses.
“We do it electronically through IRS.gov,” she said. “There are a lot of walk-in appointments one after the other. I’m booked through Saturday.”
One of the possible causes for the late filing is the late start of the tax season, which was two weeks later than usual, said Gene King, spokesman for H&R Block.
“Plus there were a lot of forms that weren’t available, so people couldn’t file until mid-February to March,” King said, adding that there were about 1,100 changes to federal and 4,400 changes to state tax codes across the country.
“This is a tax season like no other.”
Some offices speculate that people wanted to know their situation in light of all the changes and made efforts to file earlier.
“It’s been just as busy as usual, just more steady since more people are concerned this year, trying to get it in early and make sure of everything,” said Linda Wheeler, co-owner of Business Matters at 431 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley.
“Last year I had a lot of people who owed money and it’s been better this year, with the same number of customers.”
Wheeler said she worked late hours last year but was spared of that necessity this year.
“I’ve been able to leave at regular time, which is more pleasant,” she said.
Local post offices will retain their normal business hours, according to Dan Lovell, postmaster at the Nevada City post office on Coyote Street.
Grass Valley post office at 185 East Main St. will also operate their regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. According to usps.com, the closest post office open late is in Colfax, located at 3181 Iowa Hill Road, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.
For the latest of late filers, Lovell said a West Sacramento post office, locate at 3775 Industrial Blvd., will be open until the 11:59 p.m. filing deadline.
Visit IRS.gov for more information.
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