BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Tax season started at the end of January, but Monday is the last day to file state, local and federal taxes.
Katrina Carleton from H&R Block in Boardman says there is always a last-minute rush.
“One in three wait ’til April. Having these extra days is spreading it out a little bit, but there is still a lot of people waiting until the very last minute.”
The IRS says 150 million tax returns are filed each year and about ten percent of taxpayers need more time.
Carleton says if you miss the deadline, do not ignore the IRS.
“If one of those letters come in the mail, you need to respond to them immediately.”
She says the IRS only sends mail. If you get a call, it’s probably a scam.
“The IRS will never call you,” Carleton said. “If you are concerned, contact your police department.”
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohioans have reported hundreds of tax scamming phone calls this year, and the thieves are nearly impossible to catch.
“If they receive one of these calls, I would suggest that people hang up, get out of the call, don’t hang on there,” DeWine said. “Call the attorney general’s office and report that scam call.”
If a taxpayer can’t make it by Monday’s deadline, they can still pay what they owe now and ask for an extension.