Today's a taxing day for procrastinatorsApril 15, 1997
Web posted at: 8:31 a.m. EDT (1231 GMT)
(CNN) -- Whether you've been busy or in denial, it's time to face facts: it's April 15, and your 1996 U.S. federal income tax must be filed by midnight.
Post offices in nearly every major city will extend their hours or offer late mail pickups on Tuesday. If you want to know whether your local post office is one of them, call that office, the Postal Service said. The post office must postmark your return by midnight in order for the Internal Revenue Service to consider it on time.
For the first time, the IRS will also accept filings delivered from four private delivery services -- Airborne Express, DHL Worldwide Express, Federal Express, and United Parcel Service.
And, you can still file electronically. An estimated 19.2 million people will do so this year.
You've already squared things off with the IRS? Then maybe you can better enjoy the festivities arranged by some post offices. At the post office in the Northern California city of Pleasanton, for example, taxpayers can seek revenge by dunking an IRS agent in a water tank.
Some other interesting tax day facts:
Taxpayers who can't complete their tax returns by the deadline can receive a four-month extension by sending in IRS Form 4868. Form 4868 doesn't give you an extension on paying the taxes you owe, though -- you still have to estimate your taxes, and the more you can pay now, the less you'll have to pay later in interest and penalties.
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