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5 things to know before the April 18 deadline

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This is an excerpt from the Personal Finance team’s weekly Twitter space, “This week, your portfolio”. Check out the latest episode here.

Tax day is fast approaching. The deadline for filing a federal tax return for most Americans is just over two weeks away, Tuesday, April 18.

Here’s what late filers need to know, according to CNBC’s Kate Dore, personal finance journalist and certified financial planner.

1. You may be able to get free help preparing your return

2. Your tax refund could be lower this year

3. Common mistakes can trip you up

4. You can get a file extension — but not to pay

5. There are penalties for non-declaration and non-payment


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