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April 15, 2013

The tax man cometh

Locals adjust to lack of extra day

If you think that the Colonial militias who challenged King George III’s redcoats at Lexington and Concord 238 years ago were fighting for your right to file income tax returns on Tuesday, you’re wrong.

Tax Day is today, Patriots’ Day notwithstanding.

For tax preparers, most of the work has been done.

Aileen Farago, an enrolled agent — essentially meaning she has the IRS seal of approval — for All Star Bookkeeping & Tax Service in Oneonta, said she didn’t expect today to be especially busy.

“Not so much,” she said last week. “Everything should be ... done and waiting for people to do their final signing, and that’s only a handful that we’re waiting on.”

Farago said there’s a rhythm to the tax season.

“We get a wave of people coming in at the end of February and the beginning of March, because now they’ve gotten all of their information,” she said. “Then it slows down as we’re finishing those up.

“Then, at the end of March, as people are getting amended forms, mostly for investments, that’s when they start coming in. … This last couple of weeks, is mostly people who are self-employed finally pulling their bookkeeping together.”

Rick Dickson, of Liberty Tax Service in Oneonta, agreed.

“March was a little bit slower, and it was a little bit busier last week,” he added. “But this week it has picked up noticeably,” he said last week.

Dickson said the Liberty office at 28 Oneida St. would be open over the weekend and today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Farago said that she, too, expected to work through the weekend at her office in Clinton Plaza.

In the past, Patriots’ Day, which is celebrated on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts (it’s Patriot’s Day in Maine, although it’s not clear whether that’s because it had just one patriot) earned taxpayers in New York a one-day reprieve when it fell on April 15, because New York returns were filed to an Internal Revenue Service processing center in Andover, Mass., whose workers were off on Patriots’ Day.

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