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1/3 of Americans wait until the last minute to file taxes

RICHLAND, Wash.--  The Internal Revenue Service says about one-third of Americans wait until the last minute to file their federal taxes.

Tax professionals at H&R Block say there are two waves of people who crowd their office.  One, the people who come in right away once W2s are handed out at the end of January because they get money from the government.  Two, the people who owe money come during the last two weeks of tax season.

Jill Bleeker, office manager at H&R Block in Richland, says, "At the end of the season it's all the people that think they might owe money and so they're not quite sure if they want to go see how much, so they put it off.  Or, it's the people that have tried to do it on their own and just find it's so confusing or they think they're missing something."

Bleeker also says her office has been busier this year.  She attributes that to the large number of stimulus tax credits and more people wanting to make sure they get every Penney they're owed because they need it in the recession.

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