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Last week at my other tax blog: Tax refund loan cousins; April 17 deadline

The arrival of the 2012 tax filing season put the spotlight last week at my other tax blog on two perennial tax topics: getting tax refunds ASAP and the return filing deadline.

Bankrate Taxes Blog icon Each January the first wage of filers get their 1040s into the IRS quickly because they expect refunds. Some folks, however, try to get their tax cash even sooner via tax refund anticipation loans (RALs).

While the availability of RALs has been decreasing, other quick tax-related cash products have appeared. But these, too, have associated costs.

At the other end of the filing spectrum are taxpayers who wait until the last minute to file. Those folks get a few extra days this year. The tax return filing deadline is April 17.

You can check out new posts each Tuesday and Thursday at my Bankrate Taxes Blog. And if you happen to miss them there, you can find a wrap-up here each Saturday.

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