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Tax day is for filing and snagging deals

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Tax day has arrived and the clock is ticking for you to file your 2012 income tax returns.

There are just hours left to get your forms in the mail to the Internal Revenue Service.

Dorothea Bernique is executive director of Increasing H.O.P.E. Financial Training Center, which offers people earning less than $53,000 a year free tax preparation services.

She has plenty of tips for those who filed early, but says there's one thing to remember if you're going to miss the deadline.

"File the extension," Bernique said. "That's one of the most important things, that if you have not filed, get that extension paperwork in the mail tonight and you will be OK. That at least gives you that six months period of time to work on getting your taxes done and preparing to meet the financial obligation that you might have."

You'll also need to pay at least 90-percent of the estimated amount due when you apply for an extension.

Tax information for individuals

FAQ's about income taxes

On a brighter note, if filing is stressing you out, several businesses are offering some freebies to make tax day sweeter.

Cinnabon is offering two free Cinnabon bites between 6 and 8 p.m., Arby's is offering a free order of value-sized curly fries or small order of potato cakes with a coupon that's available on the company's website, and IHOP has a tax deal that lasts the entire month of April. At IHOP, children 12-years-old and under get one free meal with each paying adult from 4 to 10 p.m. Finally, at Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill, mention "cheesy refund" to get free vanilla cheesecake bites.

Again, the deadline is midnight to get those forms in the mail.

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