Encourages Taxpayers to Seek Assistance; Extended Office Hours Nationwide
PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 11 // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- The official tax filing season is drawing to a close and the last few days can prove to be a very stressful time for the millions of tax filers who have yet to have their tax return prepared and filed. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service(R) urges last-minute filers to delay no longer.
"Many tax filers wait until the final days of the filing season before they have their tax return prepared for a number of reasons, including the belief that they do not have all the information and paperwork that they need to accurately file," said Mark Steber, Vice President, Tax Resources, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. "We encourage filers to visit the Jackson Hewitt website to review their documents against our simple "What to Bring" checklist, or to call or stop in to the nearest office to address any concerns about what is needed in order to accurately file. More times than not, tax filers are pleased to know they have it all and that they are ready to file. And for those who've delayed because they believe they owe, they just may be pleasantly surprised, once often overlooked credits and deductions they qualify for and new credits and deductions they were unaware of are applied."
The Jackson Hewitt "What to Bring" checklist is located on the Company's website -- http://www.jacksonhewitt.com. The checklist is a great reference tool for consumers to use to get organized and ensure that they have what they need to sit with their tax preparer for tax preparation and filing. The checklist includes a number of items, including some often overlooked ones, such as: Child Care Expenses & Provider Information, Medical, Eye Care and Dental Expenses, Lottery or Gambling Winnings - Form W-2G, Lottery or Gambling Losses, Total tuition and fees paid - Form 1098-T, and many others.
To help serve customers during these final days, most Jackson Hewitt locations have extended hours and/or additional tax preparers through April 15th, providing greater access to tax preparation and free electronic filing* (IRS e-file) assistance to tax filers prior to and after normal business hours. Offices are still accepting appointments and always welcome walk-in customers.
For those tax filers who know or find out that they need to file an extension, they have up until April 15th to request an extension to file their tax return by filing IRS Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, allowing for an extension up to October 15th, 2008. However, if taxes are owed, payment of the amount due is required by April 15th or the extension filer will owe interest and may accrue penalty charges. Numerous payment options are available, including payment by check or credit card, which may offer valuable points or rewards. If payment of the full tax liability can not be made by April 15th, an IRS installment plan is an option.
For more information, to find out about extended office hours or to schedule an appointment at your nearest Jackson Hewitt Tax Service location, call 1-800-234-1040. For additional information on timely tax information and a list of the most commonly overlooked deductions and credits, go to http://www.jacksonhewitt.com.
* Free with paid tax preparation
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. (NYSE: JTX), with approximately 6,800 franchised and company-owned offices throughout the United States during the 2008 tax season, is an industry leader providing full service individual federal and state income tax preparation. Most offices are independently owned and operated. The Company is based in Parsippany, New Jersey. More information may be obtained at http://www.jacksonhewitt.com. To locate the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service office nearest to you, call 1-800-234-1040.
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