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Reminder: Tax deadline is Tuesday
Preparers, post office brace for frantic rush
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Forsyth County News

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The Cumming Post Office will be open 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. It’s closed on Sunday. Automated services are available 24 hours a day in the lobby.

While the deadline is fast approaching, income tax experts say there’s still time to file those returns.

Returns must be postmarked by Tuesday, two days beyond the usual April 15 cutoff date. That’s due to the 15th falling on Sunday and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in Washington D.C., on Monday.

Tax preparers say they are readying for a rush Monday and Tuesday.

“We’ll be open all weekend and until midnight on Tuesday,” said Mark Misirly, owner of Liberty Tax Service on Buford Highway. “We expect all the procrastinators to come in [then], and we also think it will be a big season for extensions.”

Judy Pair, owner of three H&R Block locations in Forsyth County, said she and her staff are also preparing for a busy finish.

“The main thing people need to know is it’s not too late to file,” she said. “There’s still time between now and Tuesday.”

Pair said it’s typically more desirable to go ahead and file than seek an extension.

“After April 17, the [Internal Revenue Service] lets all their temporary people go,” she said. “So we find it’s better to get that return in during tax season than to wait.”

But for those who must file an extension, there’s an important distinction. “It’s an extension of time to file, not an extension of time to pay,” she said.

However, Pair said for those needing more time to pay, the IRS has begun a new program.

She explained that if people submit their return by April 17 and then file a separate 1127A Form, they can receive an additional six months to pay without accruing penalties.

As for those doing their own taxes, Cumming Post Office officials are also preparing for a rush. Postmaster Ann Burger said the last couple of days of tax season can be hectic.

“It feels like everyone in the county comes on the last day to mail in their returns,” she said. “What’s funny is that not all of them are paying. A lot of them are getting refunds and they still wait.”

Burger said the post office will be “fully staffed” Monday and Tuesday. She predicted it likely will be busy Saturday because “some people may not know that the deadline is Tuesday.”

Customers can also come in Sunday, though the post office will be closed, and “use the automated system in the lobby.”

“That’s probably a good idea since they won’t have to worry about the lines and they can eliminate the stress of finding a parking spot,” she said.

As for traffic Monday and Tuesday, Burger said she and staff would “have to play it by hear. We’ll watch it and try to be proactive in making things smooth for everybody.”

To Pair and Misirly, the last-minute rush is just part of the business.

“It’s busy, but we have a lot of people ready to work,” Pair said.