Grace period not enough

first_imgThe tax man cometh. With only hours left to mail their returns before today’s midnight deadline, procrastinators across Southern California are scrambling to fill out forms or making last-minute calls to get help from the experts. At least Tammy Linton, 31, of North Hollywood has an excuse: She’s a traveling nurse, shuttling back and forth across the country on temporary assignments. Her job makes for one complicated tax return. “It’s stressful every year,” Linton said. “People who work multiple places, it’s kind of hard to get paperwork together.” Linton has a residence in North Carolina, where she also works, so she has to worry about paying income taxes in two states. She also needs to gather up travel receipts and several different W-2 forms. On Sunday, she walked into a Lankershim Boulevard H&R Block, hoping someone could help her out. By April 7, about 4 million of California’s 15.6 million taxpayers had still not filed, according to the Internal Revenue Service. “Almost one out four Californians wait until the last minute to complete their taxes, and it would be much easier for them if they would try to e-file their taxes,” IRS spokesman Victor Omelczenko said. By filing electronically, taxpayers can work faster and the program catches their math errors, he said. Taxpayers could also try walking into an accountant’s office. But this late in the game, many accountants are too busy to do anything more than help late filers mail in an extension request. This is an unusual tax year because April 15, the customary filing date, fell on the weekend. That automatically pushed the filing date to today, and on Easter Sunday many accountants worked for at least part of the day. “(In) this line of business, we don’t go on vacation this time of year,” Van Nuys accountant Craig Asanuma, 45, said. Chatsworth accountant Rodney Canter, 59, said that after weeks of working around the clock, his family wants to see him again. But the clients keep him busy. “A lot of people they know they’re going to owe money so they wait later and later to go in to have their returns prepared,” he said. “And we’re seeing more people go on extension this year than ever before.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more