IRS says procrastinators usually make mistakes as deadline nears

By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Time is running out to get your taxes done by the April 15th deadline. Many Alabamians wait until the last minute to file, and as a result, accountants around the area are working long hours to get all the paperwork done in time.

IRS officials say waiting until the last minute can be costly.

"Last-minute filers notoriously make more mistakes than those who file early because they are in a hurry," said IRS spokesman Dan Boone. "The best way to avoid those mistakes is use E-file system. That can be done free for most people."

IRS officials also recommend you double check all figures because many many people enter their social security number wrong. Get the right routing and account numbers. Make sure you sign and date the return. Also, check paper returns for errors.

Many taxpayers say waiting until the last minute is an annual tradition.

"I'm a procrastinator," said Thornton Elliott. "I wait until the last minute. It just wouldn't work any other way."

Post offices across Alabama will not be open extended hours on April 15th like in the past. Officials said a decrease in demand is the reason they made the change this year.

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