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Community members prepare for tax season deadline

JACKSON, Tenn. (WNBJ) - The deadline for filing your taxes is quickly approaching. That deadline this year will be Monday, April 18th. 39 News spoke to a tax expert and some people in the hub city about tax season.

“Three out of four taxpayers are getting a refund, that’s good news. Bad news there’s a lot waiting to the last minute and that could have consequences,” said Mark Steber, the Chief Tax Information Officer at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.

The chief tax information officer at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service says about 115 million people have not filed their taxes yet and the deadline is April 18th this year instead of the 15th because of Easter.

“Even though with the extra three days, there is a big holiday weekend imbedded in that could have an impact,” said Steber.

Jackson Hewitt says most taxpayers who file electrically will mostly receive their refund in 21 days or less.

One resident in Jackson talks about what frustrates her most about tax season.

“You know there are always new legalities or new issues going on, so it is hard to keep up with it. Once again I’m going to refer to my husband. My husband does that for me and we are normally good to go, but I hate the changes year after year,” said Mary Ross, a Jackson resident.

Another Jackson resident who files their own taxes says she’s excited when tax season rolls around because she gets some extra cash.

“Tax season typically I think about vacations. Where am I going to go next with my tax money because I’ve paid all my bills so that’s just a little extra money when my daughter and I go on vacation,” said Yassalyn Bond, a Jackson resident.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service also encourages people to file their taxes on time to avoid any penalties.

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