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Last-minute filers scramble to beat the clock

Posted at 8:27 PM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-17 20:27:25-04
Tax season is three days longer this year but millions of Americans still haven't reached out to Uncle Sam. 
 
If you're one of them, a Lee County tax expert says you might want to start asking for an extension. 
 
"I don't see an upside to it," said Bette Clark, Lehigh Acres Liberty Income Tax office manager.  "I think a lot of people just procrastinate or they forget when the deadline is," said Clark. 
 
Clark has been preparing taxes for over a decade at the Liberty Income tax in Lehigh Acres.
 
"We've been extremely busy in this office," said Clark.
 
She's expecting to be even busier Monday, as the tax deadline approaches which is why she recommends filing the fastest way. 
 
"Electronically, they can go online to the irs.gov."  
 
However, if you've waited this long Clark says you probably should be thinking about plan b. 
 
"It's time to file your extensions," said Clark. 
 
Requesting an extension will give you 6 months to complete your taxes, but keep in mind you still have to pay Uncle Sam on time. 
 
"If they owe money to the IRS it only allows them time to get their paperwork together," said Clark. "They're still going to have to pay the taxes and they still have to make sure that it gets in by tomorrow midnight."
 
The 4868 extension form gives you until October 15 to file your taxes if you're approved. But, if you want to get it out of the way now Clark says opt for E-file; it's the quickest option for last minute filers.