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Tax Filing Deadline Today

Most taxpayers who filed for an extension must send in their returns. There are a few exceptions, though.

If you requested a six-month extension because you couldn't meet the April 18 tax-filing deadline, your time is up. The deadline for filing your 2010 return is today.

Well, there are a few exceptions. Taxpayers affected by Hurricane Irene and other recent natural disasters (see the IRS list) have until October 31 to file. And members of the military serving in combat zones have at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file their returns (see IRS Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide).

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Nearly 10.1 million taxpayers requested an extension, and most have yet to file, according to the IRS. An easy way to meet the October 17 deadline is to file your return electronically. You can use tax software, such as TurboTax, Tax Act or other programs, or a paid tax preparer to e-file. Or you can use Free File through IRS.gov if your income is $58,000 or less. Regardless of your income, if you like to do your return the old-fashioned way -- on paper -- you can still file electronically for free by transferring the numbers to IRS's free fillable forms.Learn more about e-filing options.

Those who owed taxes to the IRS were expected to pay by the April 18 deadline -- even if they filed an extension. As long as they paid 90% of their actual tax liability in the spring and pay the balance when they file today, they won't be hit with a late-payment penalty. Those who cannot pay what they owe may be able to set up an installment agreement with the IRS. See the online payment agreement application or contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 for more information.

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