Taxpayers Will Have More Time to File in 2016

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Taxpayers will have a few extra days to file federal income tax returns next year — and in some states, the deadline will be later than in others. Find out why.

Taxpayers will have a few extra days to file their federal income tax returns next year.

For most of the country, the filing deadline for 2015 tax returns will be April 18 rather than the usual April 15, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced this week.

The later deadline is due to Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington, D.C., that falls on April 16 but will be observed next year on April 15, a Friday, pushing the tax deadline to the following Monday for most of the nation.

For residents of Maine and Massachusetts, the deadline will be April 19 due to Patriots Day, a legal holiday in those two states.

The tax season opens Jan. 19, the day on which the IRS will begin accepting individual returns. The federal agency notes, however, that many tax software companies will begin accepting tax returns earlier in January and then submit them when the season officially starts.

 

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