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3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

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Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

(WXIA) -- There's nothing sweet about completing your taxes -- but Great American Cookies wants to change that.

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, all Atlanta-area Great American Cookies locations will offer each customer a free sugar cookie. It will be the third time the cookie chain has offered a little sweet relief on Tax Day.

"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," Great American Cookies Brand VP David Kaiser said in a release. "After all those tax forms and number crunching, we think everyone deserves a treat to savor."

No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary to take advantage of the free cookie promotion.

Participating locations in metro Atlanta include:

Atlanta
* Atlantic Station
* Centennial Olympic Park
* Greenbriar Mall
* Lenox Square
* Peachtree Center

Clarke County
* Georgia Square Mall

Clayton County
* Southlake Mall

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Douglasville man captures $488K lottery prize

Douglasville man captures $488K lottery prize

ATLANTA – A Douglasville man is applauding a large windfall from the Georgia Lottery with numbers selected from a Quik Pik. Dan Casteel, 63, matched all five winning numbers from the April 5 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the $488,279 jackpot prize.

Winning numbers from the April 5 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 3-14-33-38-39.

Exxon Food Mart at 5040 Highway 5 in Douglasville sold the winning Quik Pik ticket.

Casteel discovered the results while on the Georgia Lottery’s website. He claimed his prize April 6 at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

“This is one of the biggest events of my life,” Casteel said.

The lucky winner retired four years ago working in logistics for The Kroger Co. He and his wife have two adult children and four grandchildren.

“At my age, it feels so nice to have a nest egg,” Casteel said.

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GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Medical episode could be behind fatal I-20 accident


VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Troopers believe a medical episode may have contributed to a fatal accident along I-20.

It happened Wednesday evening around 5 p.m.

The Georgia State Patrol says an episode related to diabetes may have caused 47-year-old Raymond Scott Bearden's involvement in two separate accidents, including one that killed an 8-month-old.

The agency say the first accident was a hit-and-run in the westbound lanes of I-20. The second involved several cars stopped on the Liberty Road exit ramp.

An incident report says Bearden's Chevrolet Cruze struck 34-year-old Natasha Strobridge's Toyota Camry as it was stopped on the ramp, causing a chain reaction crash.

Troopers say Bearden was traveling at highway speeds at the time of the second crash. The report listed the posted speed limit at 70 miles per hour.

QuikTrip introduces breakfast pizza

QuikTrip introduces breakfast pizza

(WXIA) -- It has the makings of an April Fools' Day joke, but QuikTrip really did begin offering a breakfast pizza on Apr. 1.

The new culinary creation features a crispy crust topped with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs and melted cheddar jack cheese. It is available from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily at the QT Kitchens full service counters. The pizza costs $2.99 for one slice or $5 for two.

So far, the breakfast pizza is a hit, according to QuikTrip Corporate Chef Nick Powell.

"Our savory breakfast pizza is a new and exciting breakfast option. Customers rave about it," Powell said in a statement.

Visit quiktrip.com to find your nearest QuikTrip.