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posted: 4/6/2012 1:12 AM

Poll Vault: Do you hire a professional to prepare your tax return?

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  • You have until April 17 to file your federal and state tax returns this year.

      You have until April 17 to file your federal and state tax returns this year.
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As of 6 a.m., you have 10 full days and 18 hours to file your federal and state tax returns.

Normally, Tax Day is April 15, but this year the 15th falls on a Sunday and the 16th is a holiday in the District of Columbia, so we all get an extension to the 17th.

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Many organized folks already have their refunds. They either filed their own returns early or enlisted the help of a tax professional soon after they received their W-2s.

Others are in a frenzy right now, wishing they hadn't procrastinated. They might be stumbling into an H&R Block or Jackson Hewitt office with an unorganized box of receipts and a look of abject terror, hoping they don't owe the government any money.

Which camp do you fall in? Do you prepare your own tax return or use a professional? Will you receive a nice refund or have to write a check to Uncle Sam?

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