By mid April, the IRS had received nearly 1 million tax returns via e-file from Kansas.


By mid April, the IRS had received nearly 1 million tax returns via e-file from Kansas.
    And H&R Block manager and franchisee owner Dave Tarter said he isn’t surprised.
    “If it can be e-filed, we do it,” he said. “And that’s about 98 percent of what we do. There are very rare forms that cannot be e-filed.”
    E-file or not, yesterday was the last day to file taxes — if you didn’t apply for an extension.
    Tarter said yesterday was busy as people rushed to finish up their taxes.
    “It’s been pretty busy,” he said. “It seems like we’ve got a little more of a rush than we did in the past.”
    In fact, the entire season has been a little busier because this tax season has been a little different than last.
    “It has not been a normal tax season, but that has been due to Congress because they passed tax laws right before Christmas,” he said. “The IRS had to redo forms and so did the software people.”
    That may have contributed to some procrastination, he said.
    But because of the changes, tax return forms couldn’t be filed till Feb. 14.
    “It was like putting a bunch of returns nationwide through a funnel,” he said. “We normally get a response in 24 hours and it was about five days before we got responses back from the IRS. It put things behind there for a little while.”

Didn’t file, no extension?
    People who did not meet the filing deadline or didn’t apply for an extension should file immediately, or there could be penalties.
    If a tax payer is due a refund, there are no penalties or interest if they didn’t file, said Michael Devine, IRS media relations for Missouri and Kansas.
    “The real problems arise when you didn’t file and you owe additional taxes, more than you had withheld,” he said. “Now those people are looking at failure to file penalties, failure to pay penalties and the failure to file penalty is ten times larger than the failure to pay.”
    The failure to file penalty is five percent per month of taxes owed. That penalty can grow to as much as 25 percent per month of taxes owed, depending on the situation. The failure to pay penalty is 0.5 percent per month of taxes owed.
    “They run together and monthly. They compound. So you can quickly figure out, depending on how much you owe, if you don’t file in six months — your bill is going to be much larger and it won’t go away by itself,” said Devine.
    The solution: file your taxes as soon as possible and contact the IRS.
    “So file your return and give us a call. Give us a chance to work with you so you can pay your taxes,” he said. “We know that people are hurting and we don’t want to make a bad situation worse. So give us a chance.”