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Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Tax Day 2012: Post office extended hours, freebies and deals


1040A tax form booklets stacked at a post office. The U.S. Postal Service announced that not all post offices would stay open late for tax filers on April 17, bad news for procrastinators. (Jin Lee - Bloomberg)
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.

According to USPS, the majority of Americans now file their taxes electronically, making the extended hours an unnecessary expense for the agency, which is grappling with a budget shortfall.

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.

The deadline was delayed one additional day because Monday is the 150th anniversary of D.C.’s emancipation, which is treated like a federal holiday, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

“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.

BLT Steak and Casa Nonna (ESquared restaurant group): Half off all alcoholic beverages all day long on Tuesday.

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.

BlackFinn American Saloon: Buy one lunch entree and get one free.

— 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.

Find more freebies here and here. And tell us what deals we’ve missed in the comments below.

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