"This year was horrible. I had to pay!" said Darlene Aguilar as she left the post office after sending her last-minute taxes. "I would have to say, I dreaded it. I hated having to write the check out and put it in the mail, but it has to be done."
Benjamin Franklin is rumored to have said, 'Nothing is certain but death and taxes'. Well, today, it is certain that thousands of Americans finished their online forms or rushed to nearby post offices to finish filing their taxes. Some, a little more begrudingly than others.
"I feel it's everybody's responsibility to get it done, but I had to pay this year, so I waited until the last minute, pretty much", said Sean Pryer. "If I owe it, I owe it."
"I don't know, it's not a fearful thing, it's not a phobia thing. You've just got to check the box. Register your car, get your license, just all of those neat things you have to do as a citizen," said Douglas Masser, as he, too, finished up sending off his taxes through the post office.
Not everyone was making their way to the post office to finish up taxes. Some were rushing to get their request for extension in to ensure it was postmarked by today's date. However, office manager for H&R block, Wayne King, said that he cautions people filing for those extensions not to misunderstand what they are asking for.
"You can file an extension, but please remember, an extension is an extension to file the paper work. Any fines going in must still be paid. Any taxes are still owed today. You can send them with the extension and the extension gives you up to six additional months to send in the forms. To avoid penalties and interest on your estimated payment, you need to get that in today," said King.
His suggestion for taxpayers looking toward next tax season is organization and understanding the changing system of taxes. He said that, too often, people dislike doing their taxes because they wait until the last minute and they simply don't understand everything that is being asked. He suggests asking questions ahead of time and, based on a changing economy and people changing jobs, that taxpayers save every document that even remotely looks as if it could be useful as a tax document later on.
"I use what I call the box system...whatever system makes sense for you to store your records. Label it by whatever categories you feel are necessary for you. Rent, or other expenses. The idea that I've come across most commonly is that any system is better than no system," said King.