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Deadline To File Federal Taxes Arrives

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Jessica Espinoza reminds drivers to do their taxes.
Natalie Neumann
Jessica Espinoza reminds drivers to do their taxes.

By Natalie Neumann

Today's the deadline to file federal taxes and it's bringing out the procrastinators.

Jessica Espinoza waves to cars on a median on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. She's reminding people to do their taxes today.

"There are people that come in that say it's because of me," she says.

That's because she's dressed in a lady liberty outfit and holds a sign that says "Open Late, Liberty Tax Service."

Inside, Veronica Anzures answers the phone. She's lead tax preparer and while only a few customers are there this morning, she says that's bound to change.

"We're expecting a rush later on this evening," says Anzures. "All our late filers come in."

She says it happens every year.

"Last year we actually had our whole office was full; it was crazy in here," she says.

Eight blocks away, people drop off their taxes at the post office. Kim Chamberlain used a computer program to complete her return. She says she always drops off her taxes on the last day.

"Because I always owe," she says, "don't give Uncle Sam the money any quicker than you have to."

Chamberlain was surprised the line wasn't bigger, but guesses there will be one later.

Some area post offices will be open until 8 p.m.; if that's not late enough, the post office near Union Station on Massachusetts Avenue will be open till 11:58 p.m.

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