Last minute tax filers rush to post office

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The tax filing deadline was midnight Monday night and a lot of procrastinators out there waited until Monday to get the work done.

The main post office on Cherrybell Stravenue was the only post office in Tucson accepting tax returns until midnight. A lot of procrastinators made their way through the line late Monday.

Some of the last minute filers managed to rid themselves of the last minute stress by getting free tax help at the United Way.

"I'm glad to be getting it done," said last day tax filer Loren Grabbe.

And Grabbe is not the only one. For some, tax season is one of the most dreaded times of the year. With all the numbers and papers, it can get kind of tricky.

Luckily, the United Way of Tucson saved many people from the struggle by offering to do their taxes for free Monday.

"I wouldn't have filed my taxes and then I would have ended up paying interest all year long," said Grabbe.

United Way has been offering free tax preparations for the past eight years. To qualify families must make less than $50,000 per year, unless they've recently experienced a layoff, a reduction in work hours or an addition.

"On average families can spend hundreds of dollars to get their federal taxes filed as well as their state taxes and in this economy it's just really difficult for families to be able to do that," said Cheryl O'Donnell from United Way of Tucson.

About 20 United Way volunteers helped prep Tucsonans' taxes.  They're all trained to look for tax credits.

"One of the efforts that we're really focused on is insuring that all families get as many of the tax credits that they're eligible for," said O'Donnell.

For some people the extra three days to file this year were also beneficial.

"I got to read about the program a little more, what I needed to bring so I could be prepared," said Tucson resident Lisa Grijalva.

And now that filers like Grabbe have finished the number crunching, they look forward to keeping taxes off the mind, at least until next year.