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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Tuesday (yep, that’s today) is the deadline to file your income taxes. Have you finished your return yet? Have you checked it twice? If not, you only have until midnight to get it done, and just two post offices in North Texas will be open until the final minutes, to help procrastinators get their paperwork turned in on time — the Dallas Main Post Office and the Mark IV Parkway office in Fort Worth. For any last-minute filers who want to mail in a return, anything dropped off at either station will be postmarked April 17, avoiding all penalties.

If you plan on making a trip to the post office, there are some tips to keep in mind. First, it is best to go early. As the night goes on, and the deadline nears, traffic is expected to increase. Also, postage is not available at the curbside drop-off spots, so be sure to have your return stamped and ready to go. Finally, make sure that you include sufficient postage and have written the address down clearly.

However, according to tax experts, when filers are this late into the game, it is best to submit your return online.

This year, Americans got an additional two days after the traditional April 15 deadline. That day fell on a Sunday, and Monday was Emancipation Day, which is treated like a federal holiday in our nation’s capital. This all pushed the final deadline to Tuesday.

And if the extra two days still were not enough, tax extensions can still be submitted, but those must also be filed by the end of the day. That process can also be done either through the mail or online. But keep in mind, an extension gives you additional time to file, not additional time to pay.

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