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San Francisco: Most Tax Procrastinating City In America
TurboTax Releases Its Eighth Annual List of Top 10 Tax Procrastinating Cities; San Francisco Takes Top Honors
San Diego, Calif – Apr. 01, 2009 – It's the 50 yard dash to the April 15 tax deadline and Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU), the maker of TurboTax® tax software products, has once again tallied last-minute online tax filings to find out which cities across the country are the biggest procrastinators when it comes to filing federal income tax returns.
The following list includes the TOP 10 TAX PPROCRASTINATING CITIES IN AMERICA determined by the number of tax returns electronically filed online via the TurboTax Online service from April 13-April 17, 2008 (previous year ranking in parenthesis):
- San Francisco, Calif. - (#5) - The Golden Gate City takes the gold this year when it comes to tax procrastinators, moving up from number 5.
- Houston, Texas - (#3) - After being booted from the number 1 spot last year, which they have claimed more than any other city (three times), Houston barely misses out this year coming in at number 2.
- New York, N.Y. - (#2) - The "City that Never Sleeps" has made a habit of snoozing through tax season. Although it has dropped one spot to number 3, New York has made it onto the top 10 list the last eight years.
- Chicago, Ill. - (#1) - After taking the crown last year, the "Windy City" drops to number 4 on the list.
- San Diego, Calif. - (#6) - The sun and sand are good distractions for San Diegans. Despite being home to TurboTax, San Diego manages to move up to number 5 this year.
- Phoenix, Ariz. - (#13) - Returning to the list this year and making the biggest jump (from 13 to 7) is Phoenix.
- Seattle, Wash. - (#7) - Seattle coffee must come in handy for all those procrastinators at tax time. For the second year running, Seattle comes in at number 7.
- Los Angeles, Calif. - (#10) - Too busy chasing down celebrities? Los Angeles has once again made its way onto the list at number 8.
- Dallas, Texas - (#11) - The 9th largest city in the U.S. has gotten even bigger when it comes to tax procrastinators. Returning to the list this year is Dallas.
- Las Vegas, Nev. - (#8) - Sin City proved to be too big of a temptation for taxpayers last year. Wrapping up the top 10 list this year is Las Vegas.
Dropping off the list this year: Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas
Extended List 11-20.
- Austin, Texas
- Atlanta, Ga.
- Portland, Ore.
- Philadelphia, Pa.
- Washington, D.C.
- Orlando, Fla.
- Denver, Colo.
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Tampa, Fla.
- Indianapolis, Ind.
Last-Minute Tax Tips for Procrastinators:
- Even procrastinators have things they can do to save money on their taxes. Taxpayers have up until the April 15 deadline to contribute to an IRA.
- Don't forget charitable contributions made in 2008. Even mileage to and from volunteering is deductible.
- Go online. Taxpayers can go online to prepare and e-file taxes up to the 11th hour at www.TurboTax.com - it's fast, easy and convenient.
- E-file. Taxpayers can avoid the long lines at the post office and can get their refund back in as little as 8 days with direct deposit.
- Not going to make the April 15 deadline? File for an extension. Taxpayers will get an extra 6 months to file (to Oct. 15 2009). But remember...an extension to file is NOT an extension to pay taxes. If a taxpayer owes money, they will need to pay their tax bill by April 15, or face penalties. Taxpayers can file an extension for free at www.turbotax.com.