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Tax Extension Deadline Approaches

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Residents living in the counties affected by the February tornado were given an extended deadline to file their taxes, but now that date is right around the corner.

April 30 is the last day that any of the counties affected by the tornado can file their returns without penalties. President Obama declared Forrest, Greene, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, Perry and Wayne counties as disaster areas.

Shane Sterling, office manager of the Jackson Hewitt on Broadway Rd., said he expects April 30 to be a busy day. 

"The tornado was devastating to some and probably lost some important documents," he said. 

Sterling said the 15-day-extension still might not be enough time for some people.

"We suggested that they file an automatic extension," he said.

That will give you an extra six months to come up with the funds to pay Uncle Sam if you find out you owe him money.

"The main thing to file an extension is to avoid the failure to file penalty," he said.

However,  there are ways to keep yourself from having to pay anything back.

"Try to make sure you have enough taxes withheld,"he said. "Make sure you talk to your job."

Sterling said someone in human resources or a tax preparer should be able to help you. 

"You hate to come in April owing when you thought you were going to get a refund," he said. 

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