Feeling stressed because you waited until the last minute to file taxes? Making that rare trip to the post office to send off the return? Be careful, warns the Journal of the American Medical Assn.: The chances of getting into a fatal car accident jump 6% on Tax Day.
This year, filings are due April 17.
The increasing popularity of electronic filing doesn't seem to reverse the spike in day-of accidents (a phenomenon which also tends to occur on Super Bowl Sunday), according to the study. If anything, there have been more fatal crashes during the decades when the electronic option was available.
And some fun (well, as fun as taxes can be) facts from tax preparer H&R Block: 30.6% of taxpayers say they'll do their own tax filing, a process which takes an average of 23 hours. The rest usually opt to go with a professional service, which costs an average of $200.