Tax Day 2019: Filing extensions, free last-minute help

If you waited until the last minute to file your taxes, you can request a six month extension - but if you owe Uncle Sam, you still have to pay up by midnight April 15, even with an extension. 

"The big misconception is that an extension is an extension of time to pay taxes," said Tom Stowe, a certified public accountant in Charlotte. "It is not."

If you don't pay on time, you will be hit with late fees up to 25 percent. If you don't know what you owe, it's best to guess and overpay, according to Stowe. 

"You have to do you best estimate of what's due," said Stowe on his busiest day of the year. "And pay as much as you can towards that amount."

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By mid-afternoon on Tax Day, one Charlotte post office saw a steady stream of tax procrastinators. Among them, Kemp Woollen, who had to wait 30 minutes to pay what he owed.

"Paying my taxes, getting them in at the last-minute, of course," said Woollen. "Just happeend to be the day we could get it done." 

If you aren't one of the 100 million Americans who have already filed, FOX 46 is getting results for you. We called around and found you have until 5 p.m. to get your return into the post office, 6 p.m. to drop it off at UPS and 8 p.m. for FedEx, in order for your return to be mailed on time.

You have until midnight to file online.

If you still need last-minute help, tax volunteers are working late on Tax Day to get you results. Anyone with a household income of $55,000 or less can have their taxes prepared and filed for free at these two locations from 5:30 - 8 p.m.:

  • 601 E. 5th Street, Suite 220, Charlotte (CommunityLink)
  • 8 Church Street, Suite 101, Concord (Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County)

If you've already filed, it could take up to eight weeks to get a refund if you're owed money.