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Last Chance: Tuesday Filing Deadline for '11 Federal Income Tax Returns

File your return by Tuesday to avoid late penalties and interest.

Procrastinating? Fear not! You still have a few hours left to meet the filing deadline for your 2011 federal income tax returns.

The tax deadline is traditionally on April 15, but it's been pushed back to Tuesday (April 17) this year due to the fact that April 15 is a Sunday and April 16 is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.

Tuesday is also the due date to apply for 2011 tax extensions.

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The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to file returns electronically. According to a statement posted on the IRS website, e-file is "the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds."

Our new 'Last Chance' feature lets you know about important upcoming deadlines.

Know about an important deadline coming up? Tell us in the comments, or email victor.calderon@patch.com . You can also post your own event or announcement for free for everyone to see.

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