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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the April 15 tax filing deadline approaches, the IRS wants to remind you to think ahead.

If you wait until the last minute to file, you might want to check with your local post office. Many no longer have extended hours for tax day.

The IRS also warns of a nationwide telephone scam targeting taxpayers. The real tax man will not contact you via phone or e-mail.

Spokesman Mark Hanson says if you have fallen behind contact the IRS as soon as possible.

“If you owe the IRS but can’t afford to pay, pay what you can by the 15th, and then get in touch with the IRS as quickly as possible, so we can working with you on some alternative arrangements with that balance due; like an installment agreement,” Hanson said.

Don’t forget, if you made less than $58,000 last year, you have free access to online tax services through the IRS.

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