Last-Minute Filers Get Mercy From Feds

Here's an example of good taxman-bad taxman. The Cleveland Plain Dealer published a list of post offices staying open until midnight to accommodate last-minute tax filers. It turned out that some were incorrect. Both the paper and Cleveland's postmaster sent letters asking taxpayers not be penalized. The IRS quickly agreed. But the state said the law doesn't allow for forgiving late filers.

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Here's an example of good tax man/bad tax man. The Cleveland Plain Dealer published a list of post offices staying open until midnight to accommodate last-minute filers. It turned out that some were incorrect. Both the paper and Cleveland's postmaster sent letters asking taxpayers not be penalized. The IRS quickly agreed. But the state said the law doesn't allow for forgiving late filers.

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