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Grapevine: IRS misses major deadline of its own

Now some fresh pickings from the Tax Day Grapevine...

Do as We Say

As we told you earlier-- today is the deadline to file your tax return.

If you don't do it by midnight-- you face a penalty.

But just last week-- the tax collector missed a major deadline of its own-- that will cost millions of dollars.

Despite having ample advance notice -- the IRS failed to update Windows on nearly half of its 110,000 computers-- before Microsoft phased out its XP operating system.

That means computers not updated-- will no longer get security updates or tech support from Microsoft. 

Now the IRS must pay Microsoft to keep the system going-- until it gets the upgrades.

Slate.com reports-- that could cost you 11 and a half million dollars a year.

An IRS spokesperson tells the Washington Post-- none of the computers processing tax returns-- is affected by the XP expiration.

Slacking Doesn’t Pay

Americans who slacked on filing their taxes years ago-- have until midnight to claim $760 million before it becomes the property of the IRS.

That's how much went unclaimed-- by people who did not file a tax return for 2010.

Much of that likely belongs to people who did not make enough money to be required to file a return-- but were still owed money by the government.

Those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit-- could be owed as much as $5,000.

The three-year grace period for filing returns to get a refund-- expires at midnight tonight.

No Such Thing as Free Lunch

And finally-- Uncle Sam may start sending a bill-- for your workplace perks-- taking a bite-- out of free lunch at the office.

The IRS is considering forcing employees to pay taxes on fringe benefits they get on the job.

That could really add up-- when you consider the extravagant freebies offered by many tech companies.

Facebook has several free eateries on its campus-- including a burrito bar-- a barbecue shack--and a candy store.

The barber also gives haircuts-- free of charge.

Getting a new 'do is also free at Google-- where employees also get free gourmet meals-- gym memberships--  even yoga classes.

Not to mention-- massage chairs-- for relaxation time.

And no need to stress over your commute-- Googlers ride for free-- on the Google bus.