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Time is ticking for tax procrastinators

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April 15 is the tax deadline. April 15 is the tax deadline.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Procrastinators be warned - Tuesday is the last day to file your taxes!

April 15 is the tax deadline. If you're owed a tax refund and you don't file by Tuesday, you won't get hit with a penalty; however, Jackson-Hewitt tax preparer Rona Watson said that you're still going to want to file an extension to maintain a clean record.

"If you were ever in trouble with the IRS, they look at how often you've filed your tax return on time in the past," Watson explained.

If it turns out that you do owe, you'll pay a fine for filing late.

"I do expect a lot of people to come in tomorrow. For the most part I expect those professional procrastinators to come in and get their taxes done tomorrow," Watson said.

Watson said more people have been dragging their feet, because of the new healthcare laws, but the tax penalties for the uninsured don't start until next year.

Other people are also nervous about the big balance they may have to pay.

Whatever the reason maybe for the delay, you can always file an extension. To do this, you'll need to figure out what your tax liability is. If you get an extension you'll have until October 15 to file your taxes.

Watson said if you get an extension, it's an extension to file and not necessarily an extension to pay, so if you owe money, you'll still need to send in a payment until you get your other paperwork in order. 

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