Tax deadline is here

With the midnight federal tax-filing deadline looming, last-minute filers have a couple of ways to go.

Of course, they can line up at the post office. Or they can use the Internal Revenue Service's Web site to file. It's free and the IRS says e-filing is fast and easy.

If they cannot file on time, taxpayers can get an automatic four-month extension by using a special form. IRS spokesman Terry Lemons says it can be picked up at the post office or found on the IRS Web site, .

But it must be filed by midnight, and taxpayers will owe interest on any amounts not paid by the deadline. Taxpayers can also call toll-free (1-888-796-1074) to request extensions. The IRS says about one in four taxpayers wait until the last few days to file their returns.

The only post office in Wilmington staying open late tonight is the one on Front Street. Officials say the office will close at 9:00 p.m.

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