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Uncle Sam wants his money today

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If you're headed to the Post Office today, be prepared to wait in line. Today is the deadline to get your tax returns post marked.

A district of Columbia holiday gave last minute filers, an extra weekend to file their income tax returns. Whether you e-file, or do your taxes by hand, Uncle Sam wants it in the mail by midnight tonight.

And if those returns aren't post marked with Today's Date, you maybe charged late fees. To make sure that doesn't happen the post office is offering tips.

When filing today go early to the post office to avoid the lines. Make sure the envelope has the correct postage. Because if it doesn't it will be returned.

Others say filing taxes online is a lot faster. There are several website's that will prepare your federal taxes for free.

However most of them charge for handling your state returns.

By law, local holidays in DC impact tax deadlines the same way federal holidays would.  The normal deadline for tax returns is April 15th.

That would have been Friday, but it was a federal holiday in Washington DC, emancipation day. That's in commemoration of President Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

For more information on tax penalties visit Irs.gov.