Snow Storms Put Some Tax Preparers Behind

      Chalk up another victim to Tulsa's historic winter weather... our taxes.{} The snow storms may have put your taxes on the back burner. This is the time of year when many Americans get a jump start on filing their taxes.First it was Uncle Sam that forced a lot of taxpayers who like to file early to wait a while longer.{} Now, Mother Nature is putting a strain on getting our taxes in. Several local CPAs tell NewsChannel 8 that the storms will put a lot of tax preparers behind. Neil Jay, of Jay & Associates, expects to see a higher than normal number of extensions will be filed this year. He recommends that taxpayers: {}

      • Bring in their taxes as soon as possible and be very thorough with their information and numbers because preparers will be extra busy.
      • Be patient with their preparer.{} Jay says if you do need to file an extension, it won't increase the chances of an audit.

      Millions of Americans are getting a slow start anyway because of late changes in the 2010 tax law passed by Congress in December.{} The IRS won't start processing returns from people who itemize, and claim certain deductions, until Valentine's Day.{} And now the weather.

      Click here for tips on how to choose a tax preparer.

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