Tax day deadline has East Tennesseans rushing to file last minut

Tax day deadline has East Tennesseans rushing to file last minute returns

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Helen Banks waited until the last minute to file her taxes, like many taxpayers. Helen Banks waited until the last minute to file her taxes, like many taxpayers.
"I feel great that it's over, done and over and I don't owe anything," Banks said. "I feel great that it's over, done and over and I don't owe anything," Banks said.
Workers at Knox County's Community Action Committee saw droves of people filing in on Monday to take advantage of the free tax assistance service. Workers at Knox County's Community Action Committee saw droves of people filing in on Monday to take advantage of the free tax assistance service.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tax day has arrived.

The deadline to get taxes filed is midnight, and it looked like a lot of East Tennesseans have waited until the last minute.

Workers at Knox County's Community Action Committee saw droves of people filing in on Monday to take advantage of the free tax assistance service they offer, entitled Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.

A long line of people filled the waiting room when the doors opened, hoping to get their taxes filed before it's too late, with the looming deadline just hours away.

"When I came in this morning, I was the third person in line," said Helen Banks of Knoxville. "Yes, today was the last day. I have no excuse."

"Today is going to be nuts. If you're due money, then you need to get that money. If you owe money, you need to get that taken care of so you don't have a lot of interest and penalties," said Terry Reed of CAC.

This tax season, CAC's trained tax volunteers have helped more than 1,200 people file.

By the time the assistance office closes at 7 p.m., that number is expected to be closer to 1,400.

That midnight deadline can be costly to miss.

"If you owe tax money, they will charge you a fee for being late, which is a half percent per month plus the interest fee on the money if you owe," said Reed.

So why have so many people waited for their last chance?

Reed says a lot of people are probably worried they owe.

"They want to put that off, having to write that check," said Reed.

But for a lot of people waiting in line Monday, life just got in the way.

"I've been thinking about this since January and I thought, 'Well, maybe I'll get this done before the time expires,'" said Banks. "I feel great that it's over, done and over and I don't owe anything."

If you are going to miss the deadline, you can file an extension with the IRS on their website.

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