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Deadline to File 2013 Taxes is Approaching

By Paul Boger | Published 11 Apr 2014 04:31pm | comments

If you're among the 20 percent of Mississippians who have yet to file their 2013 tax return, you have until midnight tomorrow before that deadline expires. MPB's Paul Boger reports.

To avoid penalties or interest on taxes due, Mississippians need to file a tax return or extension by midnight, tomorrow. Mark Green is with the Internal Revenue Service.

"The most important thing is not to panic." said Green. "The Internal Revenue Service does have many options available out here, and we want to make sure that all individuals take advantage of those options who have yet to file. The most important thing to remember is by Tuesday, April 15th, file something. Either a tax return, or Form-4868.”

To accommodate the large numbers of taxpayers who waited until the last minute to file, post offices around the state will stay open later than usual. Accountants and tax preparation services have also committed to working overtime today and tomorrow. Barbara Mathews is with H&R Block in Meridian.

"We do have extended hours." said Mathews. "Some of our offices will be open through to [sic] 10 PM. Some of them through midnight. So, we should be very busy through April 15th.”

Mathews went on to say it's helpful if late filers take the time to organize their paperwork before going to a prep service. 

The State of Mississippi also offers a number of resources that allow residents who make less than $58,000 a year to file their taxes for free, which are available through the department of revenues website. 

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