With about 30 hours until tonights deadline to file her tax paperwork, Joan M. Hamilton was finally getting the job done.
I procrastinated despite knowing better, she said Monday afternoon.
I gotta do this, I gotta do this, she recalled telling herself before driving to the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service office on State Street, which added the cost of gas.
Everything is so expensive these days, Mrs. Hamilton said.
Fortunately, Mrs. Hamilton said her and her husbands paperwork was pretty simple, limited to a W-2 form for herself and some retirement related forms for her husband. Their taxes were filed relatively quickly.
Im glad I didnt get soaked, she said.
Customers have plenty of reasons for taking their time to file, said Evie Rivers, the general manager for four of the companys stores in both Watertown and Potsdam.
Some wait to save up to pay what they owe on their tax bill.
They dont want to give up their money until the very end, she said. Others delay for more innocuous reasons.
Mrs. Rivers said another customer who came in earlier Monday reported simply having forgotten about the deadline.
The delayed start of the tax season due to last falls government shutdown and bad winter weather locally also hurt traffic to her business, she said.
So far, Mrs. Rivers said her offices have filed tax paperwork for about 3,000 people, down slightly compared to previous years.
Taxpayers have until the end of the day to get in their paperwork. For those looking to mail in their paperwork at the post office, window services at 232 Commerce Park Drive in Watertown are available through 6 p.m.
The final collection time to get postmarked for today is 8 p.m.
A total of 6.4 million New York taxpayers out of an expected 9.4 million had filed as of April 4, with about 634,000 expected to file for extensions of up to six months, said Peggy Riley, a regional representative for the IRS. However, those owing the IRS must still pay 90 percent of their tax bills by today to avoid a penalty.
Of the returns filed in the state, Ms. Riley said 94 percent were submitted electronically, some through tax preparation offices like Mrs. Rivers. The in-state returns generated an average refund of $2,872 so far this year.
Nationwide, the IRS reported about 99,850,000 people had filed their paperwork, with about 35 million more expected by tonights deadline.