Tax Day tricks, tips and treats


It's a day when go-getters get smug and procrastinators feel like slugs: April 15 — Tax Day. Tax returns must be postmarked today or will be considered late.

WCCO reports the St. Paul Main Post Office closes at 5 p.m. The last collection from the box on 5th Street outside that post office will be at 7 p.m. The Minneapolis Main Post Office will be open until 8 p.m. and postal workers will collect mail outside that office until midnight.

The Post Office at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport collects until midnight.

The Associated Press reports the North Dakota Tax office at the state Capitol in Bismarck will be open until 9 p.m. to accommodate last-minute filers. State Capitol offices won't open until noon because of the Sunday snow storm.

Feel like you deserve a prize for collecting all those scraps of paper and hovering over your calculator? FOX 9 compiled a list of businesses offering Tax Day discounts or freebies, including treats from Cinnabon, Arby's, Sonic and Bruegger's.

For those who vow to do a better job with finances in the future, MinnPost reports on a non-profit that offers free-tax preparation and financial services to low-income taxpayers.

AccountAbility Minnesota last year served 12,455 clients and their 6,020 children by facilitating tax returns equaling $22.6 million. With the help of 550 volunteers, low income clients learn how to qualify for financial returns under programs like Earned Income Tax Credit, child credit, renter’s credit and Minnesota Working Family Credit.

The St. Paul non profit also helps clients open savings accounts to directly deposit a portion of their refund.

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