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Isle tax procrastinators
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Kaleikini and other residents streamed into the Internal Revenue Service office in the Prince Kuhio Federal Building yesterday seeking help from staff members or picking up forms to meet today's federal tax return deadline.
Kaleikini, an employment specialist at Alu Like Inc., picked up some 1040EZ forms from the shelves outside the office yesterday to work not only on his own tax returns, but also his wife's and father's.
"I'm going to be up all night," he said.
McCully resident Bradley Glanry, 21, sat on a concrete bench outside the IRS office reading tax forms that he was filling out on his own for the first time.
"It's pretty confusing," said Glanry, who normally goes to H&R Block to get his taxes prepared.
He said he plans to file for an extension. The deadline for those who filled out an extension application is Aug. 15.
Though millions have turned to the Internet to file their federal tax returns electronically, some residents said they either experienced computer problems this year or are content with the conventional way of filling out and mailing paper forms.
"I don't depend on computers -- too much room for error," said Aina Haina resident Joe Lalenos.
According to the Associated Press, the Internal Revenue Service said Hawaii ranks third lowest in the nation, at 37.3 percent, in filing tax returns electronically.
IRS spokeswoman Jean Carl said there is still a lot of fear and insecurity among people filing their tax returns electronically.
"It's an extremely safe and secure system," Carl said. She noted that errors are detected immediately when filing tax returns electronically.
With electronic filing, refunds are returned in 10 days compared with six weeks by mail, Carl said.
Kaleikini said he filed his taxes electronically last year but experienced technical problems with his computer this year.