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Last Chance: Deadline for 2011 Federal Income Tax Returns is Tuesday

File your 2011 federal income tax return by Tuesday, April 17, to avoid late penalties and interest.

You still have today and tomorrow left to meet the filing deadline for your 2011 federal income tax returns.

The tax deadline is traditionally April 15, but to April 17 this year since April 15 was a Sunday and today, April 16, is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.

April 17 is also the final date to apply for 2011 tax extensions.

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."

There are also several ways to file your taxes easily online. Some include:

For tax law questions or account inquiries, taxpayers can call the IRS toll free at the numbers listed here.

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