Tax Day Tampa Bay post office times, late filing info, protests

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Tampa, Florida -- While some people are scrambling to file their taxes at the last minute, others will be protesting against big businesses not paying any federal taxes at all.

A group called Fight for Florida will be gathering in front of downtown Tampa's Bank of America building at 4 p.m. on Monday, this year's tax day.

The purpose of the protest? To show they're fed up with corporations like Bank of America paying no federal taxes in 2010.

Organizers say it's a symptom of a nationwide epidemic: companies sheltering their income overseas or slipping through other loopholes to avoid paying their fair shares.

Bank of America told the Charlotte Observer their reason is more straightforward: corporations pay taxes on profits, and Bank of America showed a loss of $5.4 billion in the U.S. last year.

Protest or not, your taxes have to be postmarked or e-filed by midnight Monday, April 18th.

Here are a few last-minute tax tips from Liberty Tax Service:

- Even if you can't afford what you owe on your taxes, Liberty says it's generally best to go ahead and file on time. The fine for filing late is typically worse than the fine for just paying late.

- You may be able to work out with the IRS what's called an "offer in compromise." Depending on your financial situation and your income potential, you may be able to negotiate to pay only part of your tax bill.

- And, in a pinch, you can pay your tax bill with a credit card by going to this tax payment website or this tax payment website. There is a convenience fee for the service.

You can still do your taxes online for free through several services that are part of the IRS Free File program.

If you just can't get your tax return finished in time, you can file for an automatic six-month extension. But that extension application has to be in by midnight April 18th.

Even with an extension, the IRS will charge you interest on any money you owe until you pay in full, and that interest starts adding up as of April 18th.

There is only one post office in Florida open until midnight, and it is located at Tampa International Airport. The address is 3501 Bessie Coleman Blvd., Tampa, Florida.

These other Tampa Bay area post offices and branch locations have later Tax Day hours -- all of these are open until 7 p.m. unless it's noted otherwise:

Brandon
G & M Financial and Tax Services, 713 W. Lumsden Rd.
Dunedin
Ace Hardware, 1750 Main St.
Lakeland
Southside Postal Store, 6000 S. Florida Ave.
Lutz
Van Dyke Shell, 5524 Van Dyke Rd.
Palmetto
Uppys, 7219 U.S. 41 N. (6:30 p.m.)
St. Petersburg
Post N More, 5668 Park St. N.
St. Petersburg Main Post Office, 3135 1st Ave. N.
Spring Hill
Spring Hill Main Post Office, 8501 Philatelic Dr.
Tampa
Carrollwood Post Office, 12651 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Citrus Park BP, 8606 Citrus Park Dr.
West Shore Pharmacy, 3206 S. West Shore Blvd.
Tampa Airport Post Office, 3501 Bessie Coleman Blvd. (Midnight)

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