LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With Tax Day fast approaching, personal finance site GOBankingRates has rounded up the most up-to-date, comprehensive information to help last-minute filers, including a list of extended post office hours, a guide to Tax Day freebies, coupons and promo codes offered by retailers and restaurants, and expert tips for the best ways to spend a tax refund.
"The final days leading up to April 15 can be an incredibly stressful time for many Americans," said Casey Bond, GOBankingRates' editor in chief. "But with that extra bit of information — from how to make sure you get your return mailed under the wire to where you can celebrate with a free dinner after — filers can relieve themselves of just a bit of the hassle attached to the day."
Post Office Hours for Tax Day
- Arizona: The main Phoenix post office will remain open till 9:30 p.m., with the last collection at 9, while the Tucson post office on Cherybell is open till 7.
- California: A number of post offices will be extending hours across the state, with at least five in the Bay Area and at least six in Southern California open till midnight.
- Connecticut: Filers in Connecticut will have a very hard time finding a post office open late; their best bet will be to drive to New York and file in the city.
See extended Tax Day post office hours in each state: http://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/guide-tax-day-post-office-hours-last-minute-filers/
Tax Day Freebies, Deals and Discounts
- California Tortilla: Chips and queso are free on April 15 for all diners who say "taxes shmaxes" at checkout.
- Boston Market: Diners who purchase one meal will get a second free on April 15.
- Hard Rock Café: On April 15, customers can sing with the live Hard Rock band to earn a free meal.
- Staples: Shred up to five pounds of documents for free April 15 through May 2.
See the full list of Tax Day deals: http://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/33-best-tax-day-freebies-deals/
Tax Refund Tips
- Buy a car: The average refund is roughly equal to a 20 percent down payment on a $15,000 car loan.
- Give your home a facelift: For under $200, you can replace your old kitchen and bathroom fixtures, for under $400 you can replace bathroom laminate floors with tile, and for under $700 you can landscape your lawn.
- Pay down debt: The average tax refund will go a long way to paying down a lot of consumer debts, saving you hundreds in interest.
See more tips for maximizing your tax refund: http://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/9-smart-things-tax-refund/
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