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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Time is running out for South Floridians scrambling to put the finishing touches on their state and federal tax returns ahead of tonight’s midnight filing deadline.

Filers are already getting two extra days this year. Tax Day is normally April 15, but because that was a Sunday this year, the deadline was pushed back. Usually, that means taxes are due the next business day.

But federal offices were closed on Monday in the District of Columbia to observe Emancipation Day, so the federal filing deadline was set as April 17th.

That means uou have until midnight Tuesday night to postmark or e-file your returns.

The IRS is expected to take in more than 145-million returns, 9 million of which are from Floridians.

If you can’t file in time, be sure to file a form 4868 for a six month extension, but it’ll only give you more time to file, not to pay.

If you’re going to file the old fashioned way, be aware that South Florida post offices will not be open until midnight like they used to be.

The Miami Processing and Distribution Center, at 2200 Northwest 72nd Ave., will have two pickup times, at 9 p.m. and at midnight.

In Broward, the Fort Lauderdale Processing and Distribution Center, at 1900 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, will be open until 9, while the Pembroke Pines center, at 16000 Pines Boulevard, will stay open until 7:30.

Most Miami-Dade and Broward post office locations will close their doors between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Mail deposited at these locations by the scheduled closing will receive the all-important April 17 postmark.

Still need help? Click here for CBSMiami.com/taxes.

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