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Day 7: Sign, seal and deliver

We're almost done! Today, with fresh eyes, double-check your tax form entries.

Once you're sure you've correctly accounted for all your income, claimed every possible deduction and credit, and entered all that information properly on your return, it's time to put the finishing touches on your annual tax duties.

Sign it, electronically or by hand, depending on your delivery method. Either way, a John Hancock is a requirement.

If you did your taxes on computer, be sure to save a copy to your hard drive. A printed copy isn't a bad idea, either. If you filled out your Form 1040 by hand, make yourself a copy of that final form and all attachments.

Then send it on its way, either via the post office (make sure you've put enough stamps on the envelope) or by hitting the "enter" button on your computer keyboard.

That didn't take long. So what are you plans for the rest of today's planned tax hour?

Bankrate suggests you take a well-deserved break! And mark your calendar for this time next year, when you can again complete your annual tax chores in just seven relatively stress-free days.

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