Whether perturbed or procrastinating, some taxpayers wait until the last day

April 17, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • United States Postal Service sales associate Margie George, right, hands a receipt for certified mail to Henry Boone inside the post office at West Frankin Street in Hagerstown. Boone was the last customer to deliver his tax returns before the office closed Tuesday.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Clyde Barnhart of Hagerstown was mailing his taxes on Tuesday for the first time in two years.

“I’m just getting back on my feet,” according to Barnhart, who said he underwent heart bypass surgery. “Tax day was always a headache.”

Barnhart, 63, said he used to hate tax day, but he was not as upset about it this year.

“I only owed $200,” he said. “I waited until the last day to give my money away.”

Barnhart joined the area residents who waited until Tuesday — the last day unless they were granted an extension — to mail in their federal and state taxes.

Howard Rager of Maugansville was among them.

“Money’s tight,” he said. “It wasn’t that bad this year, though.”
Rager, 76, said he has to pay taxes on his pensions.

“The state of Maryland shouldn’t be taxing pensions,” he said.

Michelle Wiestling of Hagerstown did her federal and state taxes online, but she had to pay the state of Maryland and waited until Tuesday to do it.

“I don’t want to give the state any of my money before I have to,” she said. “It was minimal though, less than $100.”

Wiestling, 53, said she is expecting a refund from the federal government.

“It wasn’t bad this year,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of exemptions, so tax day is fairly easy for me.”

Hagerstown resident Greg Herbert, 66, who said he is getting a refund, also waited until the last day to send in his taxes.

“It’s not much, but it’s nice,” he said. “I procrastinated this year, but every little bit helps.”

Sara Killmeier of Hagerstown was mailing in her estimated taxes, which she said she does four times a year.

“I’m getting a little money back from the federal and state government,” she said. “Everything helps.”

Killmeier, 71, said that tax day does not bother her much.

“We need taxes to keep the economy going,” she said. “I just wish that the government would handle the money better.”

Morgan Ballard of Hagerstown, who is self-employed, said doing taxes for his business is always stressful.

“I tried Monday, and it didn’t work out, so I had to go to a tax service to get it done,” he said. “I really do not enjoy doing it. It’s been a bit of a monster, so thank God it’s over and finished.”

Ballard, 42, said that he just waited until the last day because he procrastinated.

“I usually have to pay quite a lot, and I don’t get taxes taken out while I’m doing the work,” he said. “It always comes at the end of the year when taxes get done. I dread it every year.”

The deadline for taxes is usually April 15, but that fell on a Sunday this year. Monday was Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C.., so the deadline was extended to Tuesday.

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