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IRS tax deadline looms in East Tennessee

11:33 PM, Apr 14, 2013   |    comments
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Time is ticking down for East Tennesseans to file their federal taxes.

The federal filing deadline set by the I.R.S. is April 15.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistant Larry Humphrey spent his Sunday helping locals who had yet to get their taxes in. Humphrey said he has done this for 33 years. He said just wants to help people through a process that can be complex.

"Many come to us and say they've tried to do it online themselves and they don't quite understand different things on a tax return or W-2," he said.

Humphrey helped his friend John Pinchak on Sunday too. He said he knew he was late getting in his return, but it was not entirely his fault.

"I actually got them yesterday," Pinchak said in reference to his tax returns.

IRS spokesperson Dan Boone said that is a common problem tax payers run into. Overall, he said the IRS expects about 170,000 Tennesseans to file tax extensions late.

"That actually gives you six more months to go do your paper work," he said.

More Information: File an extension with the IRS

Boone recommends that if you haven't already paid your taxes, you should file an extension online before 11:59 p.m. Monday.

He also said it was important for taxpayers to know an extension does not extend the time in which a person has to pay the government. Boone said a late payment can be subject to a penalty with interest.

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