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Tax Deadline Help: Last Minute Tips

Where To Find Post Offices Open Late
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(CBS News) — With the midnight filing deadline looming just hours away, last-minute tax-filers are feeling the heat.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, 50 million Americans wait until April to start their tax-filing process.

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Bob Meighan, a lead CPA for the American Tax and Financial Center at TurboTax and the VP of consumer advocacy for TurboTax,  shared answers to common last-minute filing questions.

What if I can’t make the April 15 IRS deadline to file my taxes?

  • File an extension request, IRS Form 4868 – this can be done on the IRS website or through tax preparation sites and is a six-month extension of time to file
  • Remember, an extension of time to file is NOT an extension of time to pay the taxes due

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What if I can’t pay the taxes due by the April 15 IRS deadline?

What should I do with my tax refund?

  • 90 percent of all refunds are received within 20 days of filing and the average refund is around $2,800
  • Use it wisely: Pay down debt, purchase everyday items, invest in a rainy day, college, or retirement fund

What deductions should I file for? While deductions vary for every individual, don’t overlook valuable deductions made last year. Deductions can include:

  • Clothing and furniture donations
  • Mileage for volunteer work
  • Student loan interest, for parents and students
  • Day care and summer camp expenses (this is only a write-off for working parents)

How do I avoid common tax filing mistakes?

  • File electronically: E-filed returns are 20 times more likely to be accurate than manually prepared returns, according to the IRS
  • Double-check your work!

The following New York Post Offices will be open late on tax day:

Ansonia Station, 178 Columbus Avenue, Open 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Bowling Green Station, 25 Broadway, Open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cathedral Station, 215 West 104th Street, Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Cooper Station, 934 Fourth Avenue, Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

FDR Station, 909 Third Avenue, Open 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Gracie Station, 229 East 85th Street, Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Grand Central Station, 450 Lexington Avenue, Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Knickerbocker Station, 128 East Broadway, Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Lenox Hill Station, 217 East 70th Street, Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Madison Square Station, 149 East 23rd Street, Open 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m.

Murray Hill Finance Station, 115 East 34th Street, Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Old Chelsea Station, 217 West 18th Street, Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Peter Stuyvesant Station, 432 East 14th Street, Open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Planetarium Station, 127 West 83rd Street, Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Times Square Station, 340 West 42nd Street, Open 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

For more post office locations, visit www.usps.com.

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