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Even though President Obama says lawmakers are close to coming together on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, the high stakes dispute between Democrats and Republicans is still a big concern for Indiana taxpayers.

“I’m worried. I’m worried for my family’s sake,” said Nathan Meredith of Greenwood. “We live paycheck to paycheck.”

As a father of three boys, Meredith said he would see his taxes go up by nearly $1,500 if our elected leaders fail to reach a last minute deal.

“I’ve got to go out and potentially get a second job,” Meredith said, “and have more taxes come out of that second job.”

Even if a deal comes, tax professionals say we will all feel at least a short term impact this year. That’s because the debate has delayed the 2012 tax code and forms they need to begin processing returns.

“Without knowing what the forms are going to look like this could cause a delay in the processing of any returns to March of 2013,” said Greg Simons, principal owner of Simons Bitzer & Associates. “For certain taxpayers who expect that refund every year by some time in February, those are going to be delayed.”

Though a delayed refund would still be better than going over the cliff, Meredith said it’s another example of why he’s upset with all parties in Washington.

“They’re not thinking about people like me, the little guy like me, who relies on that money to make it through the entire year,” Meredith said. “The fact that they want to delay that longer, at the end of the day, it hurts us.”

Tax professionals said anyone who wanted to get a refund as quickly as possible should talk to their preparer early, so that they have all the information they need to file a return as soon as possible.