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Local tax workers stay up late to prepare for deadline

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If you don't have all your tax information together, you can file a six month extension, but an extension doesn't postpone your payment. (Source: MGN) If you don't have all your tax information together, you can file a six month extension, but an extension doesn't postpone your payment. (Source: MGN)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Procrastinators are taking their heads out of the sand and heading to their neighborhood tax office, which is causing tax offices to stay open late with lines out the door. With the tax deadline day right around the corner, local tax workers prepared for battle. They said the day before and the day of the deadline are the busiest days of the year. According to the IRS, about 35-million people still don't have their taxes filed.

If you don't have all your tax information together, you can file a six month extension, but an extension doesn't postpone your payment. If you can't pay all at once, the federal government will allow you to make payments.

"The state of Alabama on the other hand, does not allow payments, and they want all their payments at the time the return is filed," said tax officer owner David Freeman.

With almost a day left to file, things got hectic. Freeman's Tax Office will be open over 24 hours. One tax worker said there wasn't enough time to cook a full meal. Another said they were thankful the office had a couch where they could take a nap. Every worker agreed they couldn't wait until Wednesday.

"There will be nobody here on the 16th at any tax office, in the world, in the country," said Freeman.

Workers said on Wednesday they were going to catch up on rest, play with their children, and go to their other job.

For those who haven't filed yet, Freeman said, "Get as much information together as possible. Gather it all together. Make an appointment and get in here, and let's get it done."

Now if you're a very late filer, and still haven't filed your 20-10 return, April 15 is the final deadline. The Government is holding over $750-million in unclaimed refunds, but after Tuesday, that money becomes property of the US Treasury.

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