It’s a day many of us don’t look forward to, but know it’s coming: tax deadline day.
It’s usually April 15th; but this year, tax-payers have until the close of Tuesday to get filed.
It’s all because the normal deadline, April 15th, fell on Sunday. On top of that., today marks the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C. and that means many government offices were closed Monday, giving you more time.
And one volunteer program is hoping to serve as many Texomans as possible.
“3,171 returns completed right now and that means an impact of 4,854 people.” Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) program director Genevieve Anderson said almost 5,000 people have sought help this year from the United Way’s free tax service program.
“And I would honestly say over 5,000 [have been helped] and there are a lot of returns there in the system that are not completed yet.”
Anderson pointed out that they were able to serve so many Texomans thanks to many helpful volunteers, like a group from AmeriCorps and others.
“I had community members from churches, the (Sheppard) Air Force Base, Vernon College, MSU or just prior clients.
Roger Stauffer, a five year VITA volunteer, said he’s been helping Texomans try to figure out what he describes a complicated tax code, all while getting clients the most money back possible.
“And so, I thought, you know, I’ll help the folks. I’ll learn some of that and I’ll help those folks do their taxes and just be kind of helpful in that manner,” said Stauffer.
Welton Glover, a retired Air Force veteran, emphasized how grateful he is for volunteers like Stauffer.
“Super helpful. These guys.. I don’t know what I would do without them. So, really helpful.”
Glover’s glad to know about the extra days and admits he did procrastinate a bit this year.
“Next year, I won’t do it. I’m taking a pledge right now.”
But he’s not the only one who was taking advantage of the extra time.
“You filed your taxes today?,” Nicholas Quallich asked one woman at the U.S. Post Office on 5th Street in Wichita Falls.
“So, why did you wait until today?,” Quallich asked.
“I’m a procrastinator,” she said.
Others say they don’t need until Tuesday.
“I already spent my money,” said a man named Jerry, leaving the Post Office.
“How long ago did you file?,” asked Quallich.
“February. I need money, man,” Jerry said.
And much of that money returned to filers will be pumped right back into the local economy.
That’s thanks to the numerous volunteers who were able to help thousands of Texomans this tax season.
If you do choose to use VITA, its remaining appointments are booked; but there may be cancellations, so you’re encouraged to call ahead.
It’s recommended, instead, to use the United Way’s online tax program.