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Texas and California lead the nation in residents who wait until the last week to file their returns.
Almost 100 offices nationwide will be open to answer questions and help with returns. We also have tips on other sources of free tax-return help.
Start by filing on time and paying as much as you can. Ignoring the problem will just make it worse.
The IRS is having problems processing the returns of those who got the 2008 homebuyer tax credit. It's a small but vocal group.
The agency issues an 84-page report debunking common arguments people use to try to avoid taxes. The penalty for 'frivolous' filing is $5,000.
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