Extended tax deadline catches some off guard

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – April 15 is usually crunch time in tax preparer offices like H&R Block.

Taxpayers and tax preparers are busy trying to get tax returns done and filed before the midnight deadline. But this year is different.

Teresa Hrabovsky with H&R Block said, “For those procrastinators out there we have three extra days to file this year thanks to the holiday in Washington,DC, which falls on a Friday so we go to the next business day which would be Monday.”

Ray Flores rushed into the H&R Block office with paperwork in hand, thinking he was running out of time to get his taxes done and in the mail. Flores said, “It wasn’t advertised, I don’t think I saw it anywhere and I watch the news all the time, so it is kind of funny that I didn’t see it.”

At Liberty Tax Service in Tampa, people streamed in trying to get their tax forms filled out not knowing they actually had a little extra time. Hector Soler is one of those taxpayers.

Soler said, “I normally do it sooner in the year and I kind of waited until the last minute, but I am glad I came in.”

The extended deadline means this is going to be a busy weekend for tax preparers all the way through Monday. Andrew Vulpis with Liberty Tax service said, “We do have a few extra days to help people and people to get their tax returns filed.”

If tax filers still don’t think they get everything done even with the extra time, they can always file for a 6-month extension with the IRS.

But H&R Block’s Hrabovsky added, “Always keep in mind the extension is to file, but not to pay.”

The Postal Service is also gearing up for those who do know the tax deadline is Monday. Many will be open after their normal 5 p.m. closing time.

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