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Delmarva Dashes to File Income Tax Returns Before Midnight

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MILLSBORO, Del. -- April 15 never fails to be the busiest day of the year for many tax service offices.

Brittany Dorman, office manager of Dawn Dorman's tax office in Millsboro, tells WBOC why.

"I have a lot of people that will call and say, 'I forgot that today is the deadline! Can you please file the extension so I don't get in trouble? It's very common," said Dorman.

But it's not just forgetfulness. Dorman says people do have legitimate reasons as to why they're filing at the eleventh hour.

"If you have a business or something and you have to go through all of your receipts -- you have to go through everything," she said. "Some people just want to wait a little longer."

Many of the clients, Dorman says, have called the office on the last day to file their income taxes on time to ask for an extension filing.

"That's the biggest thing for everybody who's not ready. There's a lot of people that's not ready so they all need extensions and so we're sending them out today," said Dorman.

The last minute rush to file taxes is something Sheverne Ony of Millsboro says she likes to avoid at any and all costs.

"I never wait until the last minute. I don't have time to wait to the last minute," said Ony who filed in March.

Even though the filing period opened January 20, people were still rushing to get their tax information in Wednesday before midnight.

Amy Mitchell is a busy college student at Del Tech who was finishing her tax return at an H&R Block in Millsboro on Tax Day. She says she lost track of time.

"I kind of procrastinated. Waited. Busy life so I just waited until the last minute," said Mitchell.

Waiting until the eleventh hour to file can have some unintended consequences. If mistakes are made on tax forms, people must pay to make a change and resend the forms.

That's what Niko Montana of Georgetown was faced with when he tried to file a month ago and found out he had made an error.

"I had a few problems filing my taxes this year. I had messed up so I had to go restart over again and I finally got them in," said Montana who had to pay $40 for the amendment.

Sometimes people don't file for taxes out of fear, according to Georgetown tax specialist Ana Moreno.

"A lot of people are scared of new regulations. They're not really educated on new laws, especially with the new healthcare act," said Moreno.

The IRS is required to pay you a tax refund if you're eligible for one and only if you've filed no more than three years late.

For taxpayers who do owe money the consequences come in late fees, taken as a percentage of what is owed to the IRS.

Moreno says that's reason enough for some people to dodge Uncle Sam.

"Some of them just try to wait until the last minute to make payments," the tax preparer said.

Financial penalties apply to people who file late and owe money to the government. The penalty does not apply to taxpayers who do not owe anything.

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