Kansans Beat The Deadline For Filing Taxes

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- At the Docking State Office building, volunteer tax preparers say they helped 105 people Monday and on April 15th, they had 60 more people file their last minute tax returns.

"We see a lot of people coming in yesterday or today and they are shocked they have to wait a few hours and we tell them don't wait until the last minute!" said volunteer tax preparer, Steve Kersting.

Of course, there are always a lot of people who do wait until the last minute.

"I put off my tax returns until the 15th like a lot of people!," said Kelsey Sewyer.

"I usually try to hurry up and get everything done because I don't always like to wait until the last minute. I said I got to get there this morning when they open so I can get in! I would rather go to the professionals who know what they are doing even if it is the last day I will wait," says Catherine Hicks.

For some, filing tax returns brings anxiety.

"It is kind of a headache once and a while," says Catherine.

"I know a lot of folks have a lot of fear about taxes and a lot of anxiety but we try to help them through that and calm the fears the best we can," said Steve.

Steve says carefully following instructions and bringing all the proper tax documentation can make the tax filing process a little easier in a time crunch.

"We are working through them so its a very busy day," said Steve.

Steve says the number one mistake he saw was people claiming themselves twice. For instance, he says young people who file their taxes have their parents claim them.

He also is warning people of last day scams. Don't give out tax information in a phone call or email because he says it is very unlikely the IRS will try to reach you over the phone or via e-mail.