COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, the clock is ticking.
Monday, April 15 is tax day. With the midnight deadline looming for those who still have to get it done, it’s important because if you don’t file your taxes by midnight tonight or request an extension, you’re going to be fined.
Everybody files their taxes at different times for different reasons.
“Cause I need my money on time,” said Columbus resident London Mahogany.
“It’s not something you want to get behind on,” said Columbus resident Sean-Thomas Leak. “It’s something you want to stay on top of.”
“Because it’s the right thing to do," said Melissa Hertz of Fort Mitchell. "And you’re paying in your money, so you might as well get it back.”
Today is the last day to file your taxes or request an extension for the 2018 tax season.
“The reason that it’s important that people get their taxes done today, and really submitted before midnight, is that if they owe taxes, there will be fines and they will suffer consequences down the road,” said Denise Eckley, manager of Goodwill Career Center.
Some people may need an extension.
“Extensions are actually a six-month period where you’ve got after tax season to get your taxes filed,” said Dr. Gregory Blue, owner of Blue Fast Tax in Columbus.
If you don’t file online, request an extension, or drop off your taxes at a post office by midnight tonight, you could see late fees and added interest.
“So that one single consequence that could feel like, okay I missed tax day and I get fined one time, actually accumulates over time just like not paying your credit card on time,” Eckley said.
If you’ve already filed your taxes online, tax professionals say you can expect your return within two weeks. However, if you sent them via mail, it takes a little longer. You can expect your return in six to eight weeks.
If you owe money back in taxes, make sure to include a check when you drop off your taxes at the post office or request a payment plan.
If you still need to file your taxes, don’t worry. Several places in Columbus like Blue Fast Tax and Goodwill’s Career Center are staying open late to help you meet the tax deadline.