The taxman cometh.
We are now one month and one day away from the April 15 deadline to file our tax returns.
This year's tax filing season has been slightly abbreviated thanks to delays caused by Washington leaders' inability to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis they created.
While the opening of the season was pushed back a week for normal filers (and up to a month for those who used some types of deductions), the delay doesn't appear to have set back the pace of tax filing all that much.
State Tax Department spokesman Danny Forinash said earlier this week that the state had received more than 442,000 returns.
That's about 5 percent fewer than the 466,000 returns collected by the same time last year.
While the number is down, Forinash said the number of returns filed in recent weeks has increased.
"It's picked up a little bit as tax season has gone along," he said.
The state also has paid fewer refunds so far this year.
Forinash said the state had issued more than $292,000 worth of refunds through March 12.
"Last year at this time it was more than $324,000 in refunds," he said. "That represents more than a 9 percent difference."
The state received more than 853,000 tax returns last year, and officials expect a similar number this year.