Tax Day Countdown

RENO, Nev. -- For Stephen Amos, owner of Liberty Tax on S. Virginia Street, April 15th can't come soon enough.

"I plan on taking a good week long vacation after this," he said.

That vacation is well deserved. Amos says this year's have been more difficult than in years past.

"It's been a very, very long year with the troubles with the IRS and the fiscal cliff and everything else that started off the season," he said.

With the deadline fast approaching, Amos says he's been slammed with people coming in for last minute help.

"Probably should have thought about it a little sooner, so I could save some money to pay," Susan Kasten said. "But the IRS can wait!"

Businesses like Liberty Tax plan on staying open all day long on Monday to make sure people get their returns in before the deadline.

But if you know there's no way you can get them in on time, you can file for an extension.

"Very, very important to file an extension so you don't have any penalties of fees added to your tax return," Amos said. "When in doubt, file an extension."

Filing an extension is easy enough to do. Just make sure you fill out the form correctly before Monday's deadline and you'll have until October 15th to get your returns in.

But remember the IRS still wants your money on Tax Day-even if you have an extension. Make sure you pay at least 90% of what you think you will owe, and the tax man should leave you alone.

Though many have turned to filing online, if you plan on mailing your returns in, get to the Post Office early. Many in our area have not announced extended hours so get there before 5:00 PM to make sure your taxes aren't late.

Reno area Jackson Hewitt locations will be open until midnight for late filers.

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