Tax Day deadline is finally here - DatelineCarolina

Tax Day deadline is finally here

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Tax Preparer Cheryl Belton-Vance says while many wait until the last minute, their busiest time of the year is between February and March Tax Preparer Cheryl Belton-Vance says while many wait until the last minute, their busiest time of the year is between February and March
Erick VanEtten says those who are self imployed often have more paperwork to get in order, causing them to file later. Erick VanEtten says those who are self imployed often have more paperwork to get in order, causing them to file later.

By: Alex Guarino, Carolina News 

Tax payers got three extra days to file their taxes this year, but that deadline is finally here. Today, April 18, is the last day for Americans to file taxes on income earned in 2016. 

Typically, Tax Day is on April 15th. This year, April 15 was a Saturday, and Washington D.C. celebrated Emancipation Day on Monday the 17th, pushing Tax Day back three days. 

Despite the three day extension, tax preparers at Jackson Hewitt Tax Services say that many wait until the last minute. Tax Preparer Cheryl Belton-Vance explains the mentality behind waiting until the deadline. 

"Why rush to pay the IRS $3,000 when I could just wait until the last day, giving me a little bit more time to pay," says Belton-Vance. 

Many who wait until the last minute to pay are self employed, explains tax preparer Erick VanEtten. 

For those to fail to meet today's deadline, there are options.

"You can file an extension, which gives you six months to do it, and costs $30," says Belton-Vance.

Belton-Vance says, many people have been filing for extensions, giving them until October to get all of their materials together to file for the year. Their employees suggest filing early, which means less stress and earlier tax returns. 

To celebrate Tax Day many businesses will be giving out free food or incentives, including McDonald's, Firehouse Subs, and Sonic.  

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