Still need to file your taxes? Today’s your last chance

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 8:57 AM

            (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            Andrew Harnik
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If you’ve waited this long to file your taxes, you’ve still got time. And you’ve also got company.

Federal tax returns for 2017 need to be filed today and many last minute filers are rushing to prepare their forms.

About one in five tax filers last year submitted returns within two weeks of the deadline to file and this year the IRS reports tax returns so far being filed at the same pace.

If you think you won’t make the deadline, seek an extension to get some more time to accurately prepare the forms. Individuals can file for an extension online.

Though people who owe money will still need to pay what they owe due by end of day April 17 or face a penalty.

“The federal, state and city governments will give you an extension of time to file, but it’s not an extension of time to pay,” said Bill Duncan, a CPA with Dayton accounting firm Thorn Lewis & Duncan.

Beth Grubb, RSM partner and tax leader at the firm’s Moraine location, said it’s better to seek an extension and take the time needed to file taxes correctly than to rush through and submit something that could have errors.

“The government would rather have something accurate and complete, but they do want their money tomorrow,” Grubb said.

The IRS reported as of April 6 that it had received more than 103.8 million tax returns. More than 92 percent were e-filed, with about 56 percent of those e-filed by tax professionals.

While the majority of taxes were e-filed by tax professionals, IRS statistics show the number of returns that were self prepared inched up 2.2 percent compared to last year.

The number of people who e-filed their taxes was up 0.5 percent as of April 6 compared to the same time last year. Early numbers so refunds so far total $227 billion and the average refund is $2,864.

It’s not too early to start thinking about next year and how the sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code will affect people and businesses filing taxes a year from now based on decisions they make this year.

Income investments have been doing well, but that comes with tax obligations, said Beth Grubb, RSM partner and tax leader at the Dayton location.

“There’s tax due with that investment income and we encourage tax payers to talk to their accountant and financial advisers now to plan for a tax efficient investment strategy now verses the end of the year,” Grubb said.

Grubb said that in light of the changes in the tax code, she would advise people to revisit their tax plan.

“There are business owners who should look at their entity structure and how they can minimize their tax and take advantage of write offs for their equipment and property,” she said.

Tax season: By the numbers

104 million

Federal returns received

42 million

Self prepared e-filed returns


Average refund

Source: IRS statistics reported as of April 6

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Skies clearing tonight, rain moves in Monday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:20 PM

Filtered sunshine is expected today in the Dayton area, with rain returning as early as Monday.

More clearing is expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. 

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Rain moves in Monday
  • More rain Tuesday/early Wednesday
  • Another round of rain later Friday

5-Day Forecast


Overnight: More clearing is expected overnight. It won’t be as cool, with temperatures dropping into the middle 40s for most of the region.

Monday: After a dry start in the lower 50s, rain is expected to move in headed toward lunchtime. Highs will be in the lower 60s. Periods of rain are expected, but there will be some breaks, especially in the evening.

Tuesday: A few more scattered showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Wednesday: A pre-dawn shower is possible, otherwise it should be drying out. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

County-by-County Weather

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower 60s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but rain returns later in the day. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

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Old North Dayton celebrates opening of Ahiska Turkish mosque

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:15 PM

Old North Dayton’s Ahiska Turkish mosque Sunday afternoon celebrated its grand opening.

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The event at the Osman Gazi Mosque, at 1508 Valley St., was open to the entire community, and featured dignitaries from across the globe.

Retired Imam Celal Shahin stands inside the Osman Gazi mosque at 1508 Valley St.(CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF)

Celebrations included a picnic in a park owned by the mosque and a prayer service.

The Dayton area has a growing community of more than 1,000 Ashiska Turkish families, according to estimates.

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Two-vehicle injury accident causes I-75 shutdown for nearly 3 hours in Dayton

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

UPDATE @ 6:50 a.m.:

The two-vehicle injury accident that occurred on northbound Interstate 75 Sunday morning is under investigation, according to police.

All three of the adult males involved in the crash were taken to an area hospital with unknown conditions, according to Sgt. Cash of the Dayton Police Department.

One of the occupants involved was described as being in “pretty bad shape.”

It was not clear what exactly happened in the Sunday morning crash but the Crash Reconstruction Unit is attempting to piece it together, Cash said.

UPDATE @ 5:28 a.m.:

All of Interstate 75 is now open after a vehicle accident caused a nearly three hour shutdown.

UPDATE @ 5:22 a.m.:

The left two lanes at northbound Interstate 75 are open between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident shut the road down for nearly three hours.

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The right lane remains closed.


Northbound Interstate 75 is closed between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident in Dayton Sunday.

Crews were dispatched around 2:45 a.m. to the accident.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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Dayton Duplex fire under investigation

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:45 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

SCENE: Fire breaks out at Dayton duplex

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.:

The fire that started at a duplex in the 200 block of Warren Street in Dayton is under investigation.

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No one was injured in the fire that started in the rear of the two-story building Sunday morning, according to District Chief Brad Baldwin of the Dayton Fire Department.

Baldwin said the fire was well involved when crews arrived.

Flames blew out of the front and sides of the duplex when crews made entry to the front of the first floor, Baldwin said. 

Firefighters tried to control the flames as the buildings on both sides of the duplex were evacuated, according to Baldwin.

It is not yet known what started the fire or if anyone was inside at the time. 

Damage estimates were not yet known but the roof had caved in.


Firefighters are on scene of a working two-story duplex fire where flames were reportedly showing in Dayton.

Crews were dispatched around 6:20 a.m. to the 200 block of Warren Street.

Buckeye Street at Warren Street is closed.

We are hearing reports that adjacent buildings are being evacuated.

We will update this story as we learn more.

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