Tax Tips

By: Meredith Stancik
By: Meredith Stancik

The countdown is getting shorter by the day to file your tax returns. Midnight Monday is the deadline to get everything done. And with two extra days this year to file, procrastination has been prevalent.

"I came to get help filling out my tax forms," College Station resident Tatevik Ambartsoumian said.

It's crunch time for Tatevik Ambartsoumian, who like other procrastinating Americans, is only now hearing Uncle Sam's beckoning call for money.

"Sometimes you really do need help and you know just to accelerate the process it's good to get help from professionals," Ambartsoumian said.

Because April 15th falls on a Saturday this year, the deadline for filing your tax returns is midnight on Monday.

"That's another reason you know that I didn't do it until the last minute," Ambartsoumian said.

Volunteers with AARP are helping Brazos Valley residents get their taxes done on time.

"This is primarily geared to the elderly and the lower middle income people but we also work with everyone who is lower to middle income," AARP volunteer Ted Mohr said.

There are a few things to remember if you're filing late. Make sure you have all your information and forms with you when you come for help.

If you are still looking for money to pay the government there are some alternatives. You can use your credit card, borrow from the IRS, or file an extension by Monday.

AARP volunteers recommend setting the goal of filing earlier next year.

"I would say don't procrastinate because it does raise their stress level and it raises ours," Mohr said.

As for Tatevik, she'll be one of the millions of Americans visiting the post office by Monday.

To help you out with last minute filings AARP volunteers will be at the Larry J. Ringer Library in College Station from 9 am until 5pm Saturday and Monday to give tax assistance.

The Bryan Post Office also has extended hours on Monday.

The main post office on William J. Bryan Parkway will offer full window service until 6:30 Monday evening. Employees will be available to weigh your tax return, sell stamps, and postmark your tax return.

If you come with your tax return ready for mailing, you can drop it in the IRS designated drop box located in the customer parking lot until midnight.


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