The clock is ticking down to Tax Day 2012, and we’ve got good news and bad news.
Bad news first: Not all post offices will be staying open late on April 17 to accommodate procrastinators counting on making a mad dash to the post office at midnight.
This year’s April 17 deadline grants a two-day reprieve from the traditional filing deadline of April 15, which fell on Sunday this year.
“It’s just this quirky little thing in the law,” IRS spokesman Eric Smith told NPR.
Find out which Washington area post office locations will stay open late here.
If you happen to be in a rush to file, make sure to take extra care on the roads. New research finds that traffic fatalities rise an average of 6 percent on Tax Day, comparable to the danger of driving on Super Bowl Sunday.
And now, the good news: Tax Day freebies. Dining In D.C. offers this list of Washington area restaurants, bars and companies making Tax Day a little easier to bear.
— McCormick & Schmick’s: The restaurant chain’s three D.C. and four northern Virginia locations are offering an extended happy hour, with a menu including cheap bar bites and drink specials such as the “Rummy Refund,” from 3:30 to 11 p.m.
— Seattle’s Best Coffee: As part of their “Great American Coffee Refund” promotion, the coffee chain is offering a free sample of coffee to the first 100,000 people to claim their “coffee refund” on the company’s Facebook page. The deadline to claim a coffee refund, unsurprisingly, is midnight on April 17.
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