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Carrie Robbins checks to see if a customer is owed - or owes. Her busy time came two months ago, when customers filed early for refunds. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Gimme a tax break: A day in the life of a hardworking, local tax preparer

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As the income tax deadline nears, tax preparer Carrie Robbins is calmly winding down the season.

For her, crunch time came as soon as W-2s arrived in the mail in late January. The 60-hour weeks began then and lasted through February.

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"When people know they have a refund coming, it gets really busy," she said. "The people that owe generally wait until the last minute, so it will pick up again."

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