Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 15, 2014

Many residents go online to beat tax deadline

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Some taxpayers still use regular mail when filing their taxes, and many others use electronic filing and send their tax returns over the Internet. No matter how they are filed, today is the deadline for filing state and federal taxes.

A long line of people was waiting Monday for service at the post office off Cumberland Road in Bluefield. Many of them were mailing packages, getting stamps or picking up items such as change of address forms. People who left after their business was concluded said they had filed their tax returns already.

“Actually, that was my son’s,” a local woman who declined to give her name said of a form she had just mailed. “I was filing for him. Mine’s already done.” She added that she hoped more clerks would be staffing the counters.

“It would be nice if they had more people. Maybe they will (today),” she said.

More taxpayers are leaving the era of paper tax forms and stamps by going on the Internet. Sam Adkins, 28, of Bluefield, said he had filed his tax returns electronically.

“It’s just easier,” he said.

Other taxpayers were not worried about filing early; people who were not expecting a refund did not feel it was especially urgent.

“I used to, but since I don’t get anything back, I just try to get it in on time,” said Patricia Dickason, 75, of Bluefield.

People who owed money were also being careful to meet the deadline.

“I did it online,” said Belva Butt, 65, of Princeton. “I had to mail out the money that I owed the state.”

Most people did not waste any time when they had their W-2 forms and other information they needed to file their returns.

“I filed as soon as I got it,” said Shawn Wingo, 42, of North Tazewell, Va.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com