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Time is running out today to mail income tax returns

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Published:   |   Updated: April 15, 2013 at 02:11 PM
TAMPA -

If you're still waiting in line at the post office tonight, trying to mail your tax return by the midnight deadline, you're in the minority. More than 80 percent of individual tax returns now are filed electronically.

The IRS went digital a long time ago. Most people now e-file, and millions pay taxes they owe by credit or debit card — and get their refunds by direct deposit. Some people still pay by check even after filing their tax return electronically, and IRS Florida spokesman Michael Dobzinski cautioned that those checks still must be postmarked by tonight.

While local post offices are not extending hours, spokeswoman Enola Rice said, several offices have regular late hours. Among them are the main St. Petersburg post office, 3135 First Ave. N., which is open until 9 p.m., and the Tampa airport post office at 3501 Bessie Coleman Blvd., which is open until 11:59 p.m.

A handful of offices on both sides of the bay have closing times ranging from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; those sites and tax-filing tips can be found at www.usps.com. Click on “Newsroom” at the bottom of the home page, then select “Florida.”

If you can't beat tonight's tax-filing deadline by either e-filing or post, you can request an automatic six-month extension on the IRS' website, www.irs.gov, by using the IRS' Free File link.

Once you've filed your taxes, you can check the status of your refund on the IRS' website or by downloading the IRS' smart phone app, IRS2Go.

The agency launched IRS2Go in 2011 and this year debuted a Spanish-language version. It's available for free at Apple App Store, while Android users can download it using Google Play.


Staff writer Jerome R. Stockfisch contributed to this report.

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