Tax Payers, Preparers Scramble To Meet Midnight Deadline

BILOXI (WLOX) -- For those who haven't filed their taxes yet, there's no more putting it off.  But waiting in line at the tax or post office isn't your only option.

According to the IRS, more than ever people are skipping the lines and jumping online. In the state of Mississippi alone, the number of people e-filing has increased by 21 percent.

"With e-Filings, we don't have to worry about making sure it gets in the mail and things such as that. It goes faster for the customer," said tax preparer Edward Peterson with Jackson Hewitt.

Peterson says while filing online might be faster and more convenient, many people prefer getting expert help. Kishma Odom is one such person. This year, she's filing taxes for the first time.

"I would prefer to come in the store than do it online, because I've heard so many people say, 'Well, I've missed this and I've missed that,'" Odom said.

"Here, they can get their refund quicker, generally. And, of course, we guarantee our work for them," Peterson said.

Odom, who admits waiting until the last minute, says at this point she doesn't care how her taxes get done. She just wants them finished.

"I just hope I get some money back," says Odom.