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Local residents have their reasons for waiting until the last minute to mail income taxes

April 15, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Amy Beard, left, of Clear Spring dropped off her tax return as well as the returns of a family member and a coworker at the U.S. Post Office in Hagerstown during her lunch break Monday afternoon. Taking her mail is Chrystal Kemp, lead sales and service associate.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

With no extended hours at the U.S. Post Office in Hagerstown on Monday and a midnight deadline to submit tax forms, people putting off their taxes were lining up on tax day to mail their forms to the IRS that morning and afternoon.

Some local residents said that how late they wait to send in their taxes is determined by whether they owe money or expect money back, as well as the amount.

Dave Hanna, 66, of Hagerstown, said that Monday was the first time he has not asked for an extension to send in his taxes in a while.

“It’s a little bit of a burden lifted,” he said. “I think we’re overtaxed to begin with, so I like to hold on to my money as long as I can.”

Hanna said that he owed about $3,600.

Kathy Rylander of Hagerstown added that she only waits until the last minute if she has to pay.

“I do my taxes on time, but I wait to pay them,” she said. “If I owe, I pay on the 15th.

Rylander also said that doing her taxes is much easier than it used to be.

“It’s easier to keep track of expenses and finances nowadays,” she said.

The post office at 44 W. Franklin St. was busy throughout the morning, but Customer Service Supervisor Amanda Mowen said that it was not as busy as it has been in years past.

“People probably do them online,” she said.

About 77 percent of tax returns were filed electronically in 2011, and that number is expected to increase over time, according to a report posted by the IRS Oversight Board.

Mowen added that most filers who mail returns go inside instead of using the drop box.

“People like to make sure it’s correct to make sure they’re not returned,” she said.

Shelley McIntire, 41, of Hagerstown, owns a business with her husband and said that she usually does not wait until the last minute to pay her taxes, but the growth of their business required more work to file her taxes than in the past.

“It was just the amount of paperwork that had to be gathered that put us in a delay,” she said.

Lisa Russ, 45, of Hagerstown said that she procrastinates to do anything, including taxes.

“I don’t usually get much back, so I just wait until the last minute,” she said, adding that she expects to receive around $1,000.

Fernand Ocetek, 60, of Hagerstown said that he owed the state $114 and waited until Monday to pay it.

“Normally I try to do it as early as I can and get it out of the way,” he said. “They get their money, and I’m happy. It’s something you know you have to do, and there’s no way to get around it.”

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