Can the phrase "later today" refer to the past as follows?
A: When did you give John the document?
B: Later today.
I'd appreciate your help.
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"Did" is the past tense of the verb "to do", and here is being used to ask about the past.
When did you give John the document?
In the answer you give, "later today" is in the future, so it seems wrong. However - if you mean to answer that you didn't give it to John yesterday, but you will do it today, that is fine - you just need to explain that, otherwise it makes no sense.
You could answer:
I didn't give it him yesterday, but I will give it to him later today.
Or the more succinct:
I will give it to him later today.