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Less than one week to tax deadline

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Thousands in the Chattahoochee Valley will head to tax offices to meet the April 15th deadline for last year's return.

But some are already thinking about the tax year 2010, as today marks the day where Georgians have paid their dues to 'Uncle Sam' for this year.

Taxes are one of two sure things in life, and the deadline to file is quickly approaching.

One week to go and people are beginning to make the last minute rush to file before April 15th.

Kirby Kaple with VITA free tax preparation in Columbus has seen the spike increase even this week.

"For the past three days, we've just seen our e-file numbers go up and up, every day, we do just a few more and a few more and a few more and we're anticipating those numbers to keep growing," Kaple said.

The situation differs for most everybody, but when it comes to getting your taxes done, the best advice from H&R Block preparer Ralph Egenmaier, don't wait till the last minute unless it's absolutely necessary.

"It's not usually the people that just have a W-2. It's people who are running a business of their own, have investments or anything like that," Egenmaier said.

Also, today marks what is known as "tax freedom day."

On April 8th, 99 days into the year, Georgians have earned enough money in their salaries to pay taxes for the entire 2010 year.

Alabama eclipsed that mark on April 2nd.

Those days, from January 1st until now, make up about 27 percent of annual income for each state respectively.

That information comes from Tax Foundation media relations manager Natasha Altamirano.

"Part of it is just due to the economy, the recession has reduced tax collections faster than income has fallen, also some temporary tax cuts, that were part of the stimulus package have contributed to the early date," Altamirano said.

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