Taking a look at tax return season as it comes to a close

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael has changed even the most routine of things, like filing taxes.

Local accountants say the storm has made this tax return season more difficult for everyone than usual.

Jessica Carnell, Area Franchising Manager for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, said, "We've seen a huge increase of, 'We don't know where our records are,' and a huge increase of, 'I don't know where I'm going to be living next week so I'm not sure what address to put on our paperwork.'"

Many lost papers in the storm necessary for filing their tax returns.

Bryan Taylor, President of United Way of Northwest Florida, said, "If people were filing for extensions or needed to file for extensions it's typically because people lost documents in the storm."

And the hurricane has taken a toll on the number of clients they are able to see.

"The old numbers were 3,000 and three million, about 3,000 tax returns and about $3 million in refunds and earned income tax credits, those were kind of the norms for each year, so we cut back a little bit this year. This year it looks like we're going to be right short of 2,000 tax returns," said Taylor.

Tax return season coming to a close has brought in many who may have been putting off filing their taxes.

"Typically they might see 50, 60, 70 people in a day and, you know, do 60, 70 returns in a day, well, they were well over twice that this week coming in on Tuesday sounds like they had almost 150 people on Tuesday," said Taylor.

Hurricane Michael may have ended a lot of things, but tax season sure isn't one of them, so be sure to file your taxes before the deadline next week.