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Where’s my tax refund? The Post’s personal finance columnist answers your tax deadline questions.

With tax season in full swing amid a year of economic uncertainty, here are five things you need to know about filling out your taxes. (Video: Drea Cornejo/The Washington Post)

The federal tax deadline is drawing near. Individual taxpayers have until May 17 to file their federal tax returns. State filings and payment deadlines vary widely but many states have followed the federal extension.

This year, the entire process of filing taxes has been mired in delays brought on by the pandemic and the extraordinary stimulus measures by the federal government.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post’s personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary answered tax-filing questions with Curtis Campbell, the president of TaxAct, one of the leading online tax-preparation services. Here are some of the questions they answered:

Read the transcript below.

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Teddy Amenabar, an editor on The Post’s audience team, produced this Q&A.