The 2016 tax filing deadline is just days away, but there’s good news if you are a procrastinator. Tax Day normally falls on April 15 but this year most taxpayers will get a three-day extension and others will get an extra four days.
The IRS isn’t giving you extra time to file because they want you to have a relaxing weekend. The extension is due to Emancipation Day, a holiday that is pushing the filing date out to April 18 for residents of all but two states. Scroll down to find out which two states are given until April 19 to file.
On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, marking the end of slavery in Washington, D.C. According to NPR, “holidays that are observed in D.C. are considered be legal holidays nationwide.”
Taxpayers in two states — Maine and Massachusetts — have the option to file by April 19 due to the Patriots Day holiday (April 18). However, the IRS states that MA and ME residents must submit the first installment of their estimated income tax payment by April 18.
If you file online, you won’t have to worry about rushing to the post office with your tax return on Monday, April 18. However, if you decide to mail your completed return into the IRS, make sure it has an April 18 postmark unless you are in MA or ME and have decided to put filing off until the 19th.