Last-minute tips, freebies for Tax Day

Taxes form 1040 (File photo)

Taxes form 1040 (File photo) (4/18/17)

EDISON - Time is nearly up for taxes to be filed without penalty.

Tuesday is the last day to file taxes or request an extension. The deadline was extended from April 15 this year because it fell on a Saturday and a holiday weekend.

It’s estimated that nearly 45 million people are late filers. If you’re included in that group and filing on Tuesday, here are some expert tips:

  • Don't forget to proofread -- break out the calculator and check your math. 
  • Make sure all of your entries are accurate and complete.
  • Missing details can kick back your return and could make you late.
  • The IRS wants you to file electronically. 
  • Tax software flags potential errors, does the math for you and prompts you for missing information.

Whether or not you’re filing Tuesday, plenty of freebies are available.

Several eateries, including Cinnabon, are offering free food. McDonald’s is serving up free coffee and discounts.

Firehouse Subs, Hooters, Boston Market and White Castle are some of the places that are also offering deals. Offers vary by location.

Meanwhile, Staples and Office Depot are letting customers use their shredders for free.

Visit the Numbers and Links page for more details about Tax Day freebies and late-filing.

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