Extension forms may be scarce
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/18/2011 12:26:13 AM PDT

Tonight at 11:59 is the deadline to file postmarked or electronically send 2010 tax returns or request an extension on them, and accountants have a simple message for procrastinators: Good luck.

“People wait until 7 o’clock at night to try to file an extension form, and it’s very difficult to find,” said Wade Cheney of Cheney’s Accounting and Tax in San Bernardino. “They really put themselves in a bind.”

But Phil Waller, senior partner at the accounting firm Rogers, Anderson, Malody and Scott in San Bernardino, said fewer people than usual are up against the wall.

That’s because many people rushed to file their taxes by Friday – April 15, the usual tax day – unaware that Emancipation Day delayed the deadline to the next business day.

“Many preparers were pushing for an early deadline,” Waller said. “Friday was definitely the crunch day, but we’re in good shape.”

Those who haven’t yet filed should mail an extension form, but be aware that many others will be doing the same, he said.

“If you walk into the office on the last day, be ready,” he said. “It’ll be tough.”

Taxes must be sent electronically or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. All local post offices will observe their regular hours, according to the Postal Service. People are advised to check with post offices in their area for closing times.

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