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Businesses offer deals on Tax Day

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

It's that time of the year again …Tax Day.

Taxes must be post-marked to both the federal government and the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana by Monday in order to be on time.

The IRS says 97 million American taxpayers had already submitted their tax forms by the first of this month.

About 90 percent were done electronically, and the average refund is $2,755 dollars, down about $40 from last year.

Can't get your taxes filed on time? An extension can be made, which will give you until October 15 to file.

But If you owe taxes this year, you'll need to pay at least 90 percent of the amount due when you apply for an extension. Otherwise, you'll have late fees piling up until you've paid in full.

Many tax preparation offices in Cincinnati are also offering last-minute filers at no cost at all and will be staying open late. Branches of the post office will also be open late in order to get those taxes postmarked by Monday.

The main office at 1623 Dalton Avenue is the only location to offer full window service until midnight.

Other offices will be collecting tax returns until midnight, but they will not offer full window service. Those locations are:

  • Anderson Branch 1320 Nagel Road
  • Don Marrs Branch 3644 Werk Road
  • Fairfield 700 Wessell Drive
  • Florence, KY 7101 Turfway Road
  • Parkdale Branch 670 Northland Blvd.
  • Symmes Branch 9370 Fields Ertel Road

Customers who mail their returns on the 15 should check with their local Post Office or read the posted times on the collection box to make sure that their tax return will be collected and postmarked before the deadline. Also, any letters or packages weighing 13 ounces or more must be brought to a Post Office and handed to a postal clerk at the window. 

The Internal Revenue Service will accept returns sent via Express Mail or with Delivery Confirmation for those customers who would like verification that their return was delivered. The IRS accepts the postmark on the envelope as proof of timely filing.

More helpful hints from the post office:

  • Consider using Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation if you want to confirm your return is delivered.
  • Check the last pick-up time if mailing in a street collection box to make sure that your return will be collected later that day.
  • If possible, mail your returns using the address labels or pre-addressed envelopes sometimes provided by local, state and federal agencies.
  • Always include your return address.
  • Make sure your tax return has sufficient postage. If you are mailing a number of supplementary forms and schedules with your return, the envelope is likely to weigh more than one ounce. Note: tax agencies do not pay postage that is due. Short-paid mail is returned to sender.
  • Oversized and extra thick envelopes may require additional postage. If in doubt, use lobby scales or ask a postal clerk for assistance.
  • For increased security reasons, envelopes or parcels weighing more than 13 ounces must be presented to a clerk at the window. Items weighing more than 13 ounces dropped in a collection box may be returned to the sender.
  • Consult the USPS Web site at www.usps.com for mailing tips and information on Delivery Confirmation.

As some people try to act quick to crunch the numbers from last year or maybe even find that they owe the government money, there is no way April 15 can get better, right?

Wrong! Many businesses across the nation are handing out free goodies during this stressful time, making it a little less painful to deal with the numbers.

According to Dealnews, here are some of the offers taking place on April 15:

  • Arby's (locations nationwide) is hosting its third annual Tax Day Curly Fry Giveaway. Head over to the site and get your coupon for free curly fries or potato cakes. Good on Tax Day only.
  • Cinnabon (locations nationwide) is offering two free Cinnabon bites to taxpayers at participating locations between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tax Day. 
  • Boston Market is offering a "We love the IRS" (Incredible Ribs Special) promotion with 1,040 $15 gift cards for randomly selected customers who enter from April 8 - 30. And, consumers can enjoy "The Big Rib-bate" on April 15 at Boston Market restaurants - 2 St. Louis Style rib meals for $10.40 (includes ¼ rack of ribs with mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and homemade cornbread). Customers entering the "We love the IRS" promotion will also receive a $1 coupon for a ribs meal via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Bruegger's Bagels (300 locations) is running a fun promotion for Tax Day. Starting April 12 through April 15 guests pay just $10.40 for a Big Bagel Bundle (a deduction of nearly $3.50). A Big Bagel Bundle offers taxpayers their choice of 13 fresh-baked bagels and two tubs of Bruegger's Bagels 100 percent made-in-Vermont cream cheese. Download and print the Tax Day coupon on Facebook.
  • McDonald's is offering customers who buy a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with cheese at regular price to get another one for a penny.

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