On the Radar: Tax filing day, sleepy controllers, Toyota production
The White House has an online tool that will let you see where your tax dollars go.
April 18th, 2011
06:27 AM ET

On the Radar: Tax filing day, sleepy controllers, Toyota production

Tax Day: Today is the deadline to file your federal income taxes for 2010.

The Internal Revenue Service has a free electronic filing service available for those who make less than $58,000 a year. Get details on that service here. Other electronic filing options are also available from the IRS as well as information on how to file extensions.

For those filing on paper, the U.S. Postal Service is extending hours at locations around the country so taxpayers can meet the midnight deadline.

And for those of you who thought you missed the usual April 15 deadline, you got an extra three days this year because of Emancipation Day, a Washington, D.C., holiday that was celebrated on Friday and closed federal offices.

If you want to know how the federal government spends what it collects from you, the White House has a new online tool that will give you a tax receipt.

Air traffic controllers:  Top officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and a controllers' union will begin a cross-country tour of air traffic control facilities on Monday.

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, are expected to hold a series of meetings about air traffic control safety and professionalism. Their first stop will be at an Atlanta-area regional radar facility Monday.

Air traffic controllers are facing a slew of new rules aimed at preventing them from falling asleep while on duty, the federal government announced Sunday.

Controllers now must have a minimum of nine hours off between shifts, instead of the current minimum of eight hours, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. In addition, controllers can no longer be put on an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off.

Toyota Japan production: For the first time since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Toyota Motor Corp. resumes production at all of its Japanese plants on Monday but at 50% percent of normal levels. Production will remain at those levels until at least June 3, the company said in a statement.

The company said the plants will be closed for an annual spring holiday from April 28 until May 9.

Availability of parts and the capacities of suppliers will determine when production ramps up fully and on the availability of specific models, the company said.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. suegfrost

    Frequently we will see high value coupons available at "Printapons" (printable coupons) when a new product is being introduced or when a product is going to undergo a radical change.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. nerf football

    I dont have to pay taxes if I dont want to, do I?

    April 18, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Katie

    Seems like my 19 yr. old son, who works part-time and goes to school full time, paid more in Federal taxes then some corporations. What is wrong with this picture? America, WAKE UP.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    *snicker* Or nick Cage! Good morning, leeintulsa.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Blue Person Group

    Seriously, if you file your taxes a couple of days late, are they going to give you a hard time over it?

    April 18, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. RiffRaff

    If you get a refund and don't owe,I dont think the deadline is a problem. Or am I wrong? I think they would appreciate a few more days interest from your refund.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. clarke

    you could give me 3 additional weeks and I still would be last minute. Just the way it is.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Seriously

    The IRS reported that last year, their efforts to increase audits of people making 5 – 10 million dollars by only 18% resulted in getting $57.6 billion more in taxes owed the federal government. Not only are these millionaires not paying their fair share of taxes, they are cheating on their tax returns too!

    April 18, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      I'm thinking about not doing any taxes at all this year, just to see if they'll notice.

      April 18, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    I don't mind paying my fair share of the taxes,but I resent how the Congress spends it. Far too much is going to the military and foreign dictators and this needs to change,especially on these useless and unnecessary wars that we're in.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. meee

    I didnt pay my self employment taxes for 4 years and guess what?! i got a bill. .bige one! not filing. .interest. .penalties. .owy

    April 18, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    I work at a library, and we have both state and federal tax forms. You wouldn't *believe* the amount of people in there today, getting tax forms and yelling at us for being out of the form they needed. And they were all forms for itemizing...when do they think they're going to get them done?

    April 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GB

    Automatic termination without the possibility of drawing unemployment might be incentive enough to keep them from falling asleep on the job.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 19, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |