Houston: Top Tax Procrastinator of the Decade


NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Through good economic times and bad, one thing never changes: Some Americans will always wait until the last minute to file their taxes, and chances are, more than a few of the foot-draggers live in Texas.

Houston had the highest percentage of residents who waited until the final two weeks of the 2010 tax season to file their returns, according to a report from Intuit's ( INTU) TurboTax, making this city the biggest tax procrastinator for the second straight year. What's more, the city has taken the top spot five of the past 10 years, making it the undisputed king of tax procrastinators.

Houston isn't the only city in Texas that tends to stress out about tax returns this time of year. Three other cities in the top 10 (or bottom 10, depending on how you look at it) are in the Lone Star state, including Austin, San Antonio and Dallas.

Overall, TurboTax estimates that just over a quarter of U.S. taxpayers (27%) wait until the final two weeks of the tax season to file their returns, and perhaps even more could do so this year, as the tax deadline was extended by an extra three days.

The TurboTax data are based on the number of tax returns handled through the site.

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