April 15th is around the corner, and tax preparers are now providing alternatives to traditional sit-in meetings. In addition to providing a tax drop-off service, some offices are allowing taxpayers to do everything online.
Experts say more people are going online to file their taxes because it's often cheaper and less hassle.
"When you go online you can do it at your own convenience, even in the middle of the night, and that way you can do it at your own pace," says Victoria Swyers, an H&R Block Tax Adviser.
"From what I've heard from people, it's kind of a peace of mind thing. But if you do it yourself, and you're not sure, you can bring it to us and we'll check over it for free," says Libby Edwards-Albaugh, the General Manager of Liberty Tax. "Some of our student clients have to file multiple state and federal taxes, and so coming in ensures everything will be done right."
Tax preparers advise all taxpayers to get a head start, if they haven't already done so. A lot of tax offices will be open late on April 15 for all of the procrastinators.
Edwards-Albaugh says she hopes everyone files on time this year, but it's a long shot. "There's always a group of people that come late, but we expect them and are ready for them."