Tax Deadline Tuesday

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The clock is ticking, as the tax deadline hits Tuesday at midnight.

"We've had a lot of people come in here worried and we're hoping they can make the deadline for tomorrow night. Last minute people, people who owe," Tax Preparer Brenda Johnson said.

IRS Representative Dan Boone says people have no need to be worried, because filing an extension is pretty simple.

"My number one tip is avoiding the late filing fee and that is so easy to do. All you have to do is either file your tax return by midnight tomorrow night or file an extension request by midnight tomorrow. The extension request is so easy. You can go to and use the free file program; anybody can do this to file your extension at no cost. The extension form is about four or five lines long, it just takes a few minutes to fill it out," Boone said.

"A lot of times people just have other things going on in their lives where they just can't do it on the day they're supposed to by the 15th. So they can file an extension up to six months in October," Johnson said.

The extension gives you six months to file but that's only for the paperwork, it's not an extension for paying any taxes that are due.

"You will have to set up a payment plan with the IRS if you can't pay everything. Be sure when you file your return or your extension, be sure to pay as much as you can with it because that helps reduce the penalties and interest that you might have to pay later on. Then set up that payment agreement on," Boone said.

If you need help, many tax preparers are staying open late to help last minute filers.

Liberty Tax Service will be open until midnight Monday night, re-open at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and stay open until midnight Tuesday right up until the deadline.

"If they come today or tomorrow they can do an extension or we can do the 4868 for them to mail it in so they won't be penalized with their taxes," Johnson said.