Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tonight it's the 11th hour for San Diego tax filers who want to avoid a penalty. That's because the Midway Post Office is the only branch that has regular service until 11 p.m.
Richard Miner was among the tax day filers who cruised in this morning with more than half a day to spare. He was picking up a “4868,” more commonly known as an extension application.
“It gives you six months to file but you have to figure out how much you owe and you have to send it in right now,” he said.
Elneda Shannon was mailing her state return. She said she had a tax software program that allowed her to file her federal return for free, but she would have had to pay $20 for the state paperwork. She mailed it instead for $1.30.
Accountant Barry Lang was dropping off paperwork for his clients. He has his own theory about why people wait until the last day.
“Procrastination primarily, fear secondary, and they owe money for third," he said. "Yeah, that's absolutely it."
Station Manager Trish Phillips was getting ready for the onslaught of customers expected tonight by stocking the automated mail and ship center with stamps and receipts.
But people like Annette Ketner are way ahead of the game.
“I mailed it in in February and already have it half spent,” she said.