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Last-minute rush at local tax service firms

Posted: April 14, 2014 7:14 p.m.
Updated: April 14, 2014 7:14 p.m.

Julio Cesear Garcia waves at cars to promote Liberty Tax Services in Saugus on Monday. Tax preparers say a last-minute rush is in full swing at Santa Clarita Valley tax preparation firms. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo

The day before tax day was crunch day for both taxpayers crunching their own sets of numbers and the tax businesses that re-crunch them.

“They do their Turbo Tax thing, then they get nervous and come to us,” said Greg Whittinghill, spokesman for the H&R Block office on McBean Parkway in Valencia.

On Monday — the day before income taxes are due across America — Whittinghill described as “brisk” the traffic through his office near Magic Mountain Parkway.

“Occasionally, we find a lot more money for them,” he said, pointing to taxpayers who initially set out to file their taxes themselves.

Behind him as he spoke, the phone kept ringing.

“It hasn’t stopped ringing all day,” the H&R Block receptionist said.

Over in Saugus, near the “Statue of Liberty” mascot wearing green robes and a spiky headpiece while waving to passing motorists, the tax people at Liberty Tax Service noticed the same last-minute tax filing trend.

“It’s actually really packed in here,” said Liberty spokeswoman Jenny. “We’re actually busy right now.”

Asked to describe traffic through the Liberty office on Bouquet Canyon Road at Seco Canyon Road, she said: “It’s been pretty good.”

Asked to describe the last-minute tax filers themselves, she said: “We’ve had people come in with their taxes in spread sheets all done up and other coming bringing a shoe box of receipts.”

According to the website maintained by the Internal Revenue Service, almost 120 million taxpayers opted to submit their individual tax returns electronically.

Since 1990, taxpayers have e-filed more than 1 billion Form 1040 series tax returns safely and securely, the website reads.

On Thursday, the IRS reported that it had received almost 100 million tax returns so far this year and expected to receive about 35 million more by the end of the day Tuesday.

However, about 12 million taxpayers will have requested extensions by the filing deadline, giving them an extra six months to file, according to the website.
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