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Experts Offer Last Minute Tax Filing Tips

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.-Federal income taxes are due April 15. People have less than three weeks to file.

Leaders with Morgan Tax Service in Jackson said it was swamped. “We’re working 12 to 14 hours a day trying to keep up,” said Willie Morgan, owner. “One of our biggest problems is a lot of individuals wait ‘til the last minute, the last day.”

Morgan suggested people come in as soon as possible and bring the necessary paperwork. “Make sure you have all your W2 forms,” said Morgan. “Make sure you have social security cards.”

Get organized. “Not having one thing could delay your tax return being prepared or it could cost you money,” said Morgan.

Calculate your receipts. “Go through your figures, add them up, double and triple check them,” said Morgan.

There is tax software available, but the experts say do not try to file yourself if you do not know how. “If you prepare a tax return incorrectly and especially if you end up owing the IRS you could have penalties,” said Morgan.

Morgan said people who cannot get their taxes done by April 15 can file for an extension until October 15.