Just a friendly reminder that the income tax deadline is fast approaching. This year, both federal and New York State income tax returns must be filed by April 17th. And you know how it goes, those of us who have a refund coming probably already filed, and those of us who owe, well, we may be heading down to the post office at 11:59 p.m. on the 17th.

If you fill out the long form with numerous deductions, you might want to consider a professional tax preparer. Otherwise, usually the short form isn't that complicated to fill out. If you have any questions, you can get help online at www.irs.gov and www.tax.ny.gov.

If you're really behind the eight ball, you can file for an extension. Check with the IRS for exact details. Good luck!