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April 10, 1988 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Crooked politicians," muttered a widow, clutching her checkbook. Moments later, a retired insurance agent added his two cents. "Politicians have a license to steal," he said as he handed over a check for $529. Where could a public official receive such abuse? In Abington on Monday, treasurer George H. Snyder 3d and two assistants were collecting taxes on the last day of the township's annual discount period. That's the time when residents can receive a 2 percent break on their annual county and township property-tax bills.
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April 15, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
Today is April 15 and in most other years that would mean it's Tax Day. But since this is a holiday in Washington, D.C. - Emancipation Day - you don't have to file your taxes until Monday. For any automatic extension after that, you have to file a Form 4868, which can be found at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf .   Contact the Inquirer Online News Desk at online@phillynews.com or 215-854-2443. Follow the Inquirer at www.Twitter.com/PhillyInquirer and www.Facebook.com/PhillyInquirer  
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | Staff Report
Uncle Sam wants his money - now. After all, he's waited two extra days. The Internal Revenue Service granted last-minute filers a reprieve this year from the mandated April 15 deadline. Why? In part, you can blame it on snail mail. April 15 fell on a Sunday, meaning post offices were closed. And Monday marked Emancipation Day, which celebrates President Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves. The IRS recognized the observance. Still not ready to file?
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April 18, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
Today is Tax Day, but late filers planning to send their returns by mail should think twice about waiting until the witching hour. Most post offices will only operate on regular hours today. Three postal centers in the region will be open until midnight. They are the Bellmawr, N.J., Post Office, at 501 Benigno Blvd., in Bellmawrl The Southeastern Postal Facility, 1000 W. Valley Rd., Wayne, Pa.; the Hares Corner Main Office Window, 147 Quigley Blvd., New Castle, Del. The offices will offer window service, and last minute tax filers can deposit their tax returns in the collection boxes in front of these locations before 11:59 p.m. and receive an April 18 postmark.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The phone was ringing off the hook when the H&R Block office in the shopping center at 23rd and Oregon in South Philadelphia opened Monday - Tax Day - and the last-minute filers began streaming in, waving their paperwork and hoping the pros could make things as painless as possible. Denise Evans, a bus driver clutching her pay stubs and Form 1040-A, said she had tried to avoid paying extra for her taxes: "I thought I could do this on my own this year," she said. "I looked it up on You Tube.
NEWS
April 15, 2003
Apparently, Harrisburg is still haunted by "ghosts. " What charming Tax Day news that is for Pennsylvania citizens, as they slip that state return into the mail. These "ghosts" are not tormented spirits, but rather lazy legislators who happily claim taxpayer-funded salaries and perks, but sometimes don't bother to show up for work. They don't get called to account because, with the simple flip of an electronic switch by a cooperative colleague, these truants can be marked "present" for the daily roll call.
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April 17, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
With the Republican nomination in hand but skeptics remaining on his right, Mitt Romney told a "tax day summit" of tea party activists at the Franklin Institute Monday night that he was determined to shrink the federal government and keep runaway regulation and high taxes from killing jobs. "The economy is struggling because the government is too big, and we're going to bring it down to size," Romney told about 400 cheering people at the event organized by the Independence Hall Tea Party.
NEWS
April 16, 1996 | By Steve Ritea, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Few people on their way to mail a tax return expected to get heckled by the postmaster yesterday. Wearing a blue cap with "tax man" scrawled across the front, Marc Winokur chided them from his perch over a dunk tank in front of the Bensalem post office. "Hey! You miss, you get audited," he said. Alan Abrams, an accountant from Bensalem, took Winokur's challenge. After pushing his envelope through a mail slot, Abrams snatched up a yellow tennis ball and aimed for the bright red target that could help allay some of his tax season stresses.
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April 14, 1997 | By Geoff Mulvihill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Paying taxes, it's been said, is one of life's certainties. Like death. Whether one votes, however, is not so certain. Tomorrow, the two civic duties that were linked long ago in that "no taxation without representation" dust-up, the American Revolution, will meet again in New Jersey. April 15 - the deadline for filing federal and state taxes - this year is the day citizens go to the polls to elect local school boards and vote on school budgets. For the first time in 11 years, the federal tax filing deadline coincides with school elections in the Garden State, the only state that gives voters a yea or nay on their school districts' budgets.
NEWS
April 16, 1993 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
Many of you filed your income tax returns weeks ago. Those who owe money and/or hate the system, of course, wait till the last minute. Which is why the scene last night at the 30th Street Station Post Office was part agony, part circus. True, last-minute filers spent desperate, harried hours trying to fill out those wretched 1040s. Many were like Elizabeth Finkler, of Fairmount, who said, "I had to wait for a check I had been expecting to cover the money I owed. " On Tax Day, however, dread is quickly replaced by joy. The moment one actually hands over that white, Elvis-stamped envelope to a uniformed Postal Service employee, the feeling is rather like ending a weeklong fast by chowing down on a cheesesteak.
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March 1, 2015 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
When nonprofit executive Will Gonzalez heard about the special enrollment period allowing people to buy health insurance when they file their income tax returns, he knew what he had to do. "We're planning for more health and taxes days," said Gonzalez, executive director of Ceiba, a Latino community group that offers free tax preparation. On Feb. 20, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that from March 15 to April 30, uninsured people can buy a plan on the Affordable Care Act marketplace - www.healthcare.gov - when they file their tax returns.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
In the run-up to tax day, April 15, when returns are due to the IRS, you may have to unwind some of the complicated new tax rules - and fend off a few tax scams. Here is some help. The IRS last week issued its annual list of "dirty dozen tax scams" and said identity theft and phone scams lead the list. Many of the scams are perpetrated by tax filers, for example, claiming false expenses or exemptions. In the case of fraud-by-phone, the IRS says, "scams include many variations, ranging from instances where callers say the victims owe money or are entitled to a huge refund.
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The phone was ringing off the hook when the H&R Block office in the shopping center at 23d Street and Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia opened Monday - tax day - and the last-minute filers began streaming in, waving their paperwork and hoping the pros could make things as painless as possible. Denise Evans, a bus driver clutching her pay stubs and Form 1040-A, said she had tried to avoid paying extra. "I thought I could do this on my own this year," she said. "I looked it up on YouTube.
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | Staff Report
Uncle Sam wants his money - now. After all, he's waited two extra days. The Internal Revenue Service granted last-minute filers a reprieve this year from the mandated April 15 deadline. Why? In part, you can blame it on snail mail. April 15 fell on a Sunday, meaning post offices were closed. And Monday marked Emancipation Day, which celebrates President Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves. The IRS recognized the observance. Still not ready to file?
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
With the Republican nomination in hand but skeptics remaining on his right, Mitt Romney told a "tax day summit" of tea party activists at the Franklin Institute Monday night that he was determined to shrink the federal government and keep runaway regulation and high taxes from killing jobs. "The economy is struggling because the government is too big, and we're going to bring it down to size," Romney told about 400 cheering people at the event organized by the Independence Hall Tea Party.
NEWS
April 18, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
Today is Tax Day, but late filers planning to send their returns by mail should think twice about waiting until the witching hour. Most post offices will only operate on regular hours today. Three postal centers in the region will be open until midnight. They are the Bellmawr, N.J., Post Office, at 501 Benigno Blvd., in Bellmawrl The Southeastern Postal Facility, 1000 W. Valley Rd., Wayne, Pa.; the Hares Corner Main Office Window, 147 Quigley Blvd., New Castle, Del. The offices will offer window service, and last minute tax filers can deposit their tax returns in the collection boxes in front of these locations before 11:59 p.m. and receive an April 18 postmark.
NEWS
April 15, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
Today is April 15 and in most other years that would mean it's Tax Day. But since this is a holiday in Washington, D.C. - Emancipation Day - you don't have to file your taxes until Monday. For any automatic extension after that, you have to file a Form 4868, which can be found at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf .   Contact the Inquirer Online News Desk at online@phillynews.com or 215-854-2443. Follow the Inquirer at www.Twitter.com/PhillyInquirer and www.Facebook.com/PhillyInquirer  
NEWS
February 28, 2010 | By Kevin Ferris
Don't be taken in by stereotypes of angry tea partyers. First, consider their sense of humor, particularly a video response to Keith Olbermann's lecture to them on diversity. "Why are you surrounded by . . . people who look exactly like you?" the oh-so-multiculturally pure Olbermann asks in the video. The screen then shows the MSNBC lineup. Joe and Mika, Savannah and Chuck, Andrea and Dylan, Chris and Rachel. Turns out they all look exactly like Keith. Racially speaking, at least.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2009 | By Jane M. Von Bergen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the annual tax deadline looming tomorrow night, it might not seem too odd to receive an e-mail from the Internal Revenue Service. The communication, sent to some area residents in the last few days, included attachments that appeared quite official. But the IRS wasn't the sender. If it's tax season, IRS spokesman William Cressman said yesterday, it also is tax-scam season. "We don't send out unsolicited e-mails, and we don't ask for personal account information," he said.
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