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Tax deadline is today

If you haven't filed your income tax return yet, today's your last chance to stay in Uncle Sam's good graces. Your return or your request for an extension should be electronically filed or postmarked by midnight tonight.

If you just can't get it finished, file Form 4868 for an automatic six-month extension. But you might try extra hard to get finished since filing after April 15 will delay your economic stimulus rebate. And whether you file now or later, you're still obligated to pay what you owe today to avoid interest and possible penalties.

Can't pay? Go online (www.irs.gov) and complete an Online Payment Agreement or mail in Form 9465 to request an installment agreement. Or you can pay by credit card if you're willing to pay a "convenience fee."

Need help? Go to www.irs.gov for forms and information and file for free if your income is $54,000 or less. Go to money.tampabay.com for last-minute tax tips.

Some businesses are getting into the spirit with tax-day specials. Among them: Staples, which will copy up to 20 pages of your return for free, and Dunkin' Donuts, which is giving away a doughnut with each cup of coffee purchased.

Post offices open

• Tampa: 5201 W Spruce St., full service until midnight; New Tampa Station, 16350 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., full service until 9 p.m.

• Brandon: 1315 Oakfield Dr., full service until 10 p.m.

• St. Petersburg: 3135 First Ave S, full service until midnight.

• Clearwater: 100 S Belcher Road, full service until 9 p.m., drive-through dropoff until midnight.

• Tarpon Springs: 850 E. Lime St., full service until 9 p.m.

Tax deadline is today 04/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 10:41am]
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