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Locals making last minute tax preps

Posted at 8:16 AM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-17 18:35:10-04

Procrastinators beware - you only have a few more hours to file that 2015 tax return.

Local tax agencies and post offices are bracing for that last minute rush.

Tax day this year is the 18th - not the 15th.

That's because Washington D.C. celebrated Emancipation Day on Friday.

That federal holiday pushed the tax deadline to Monday. 

According to the IRS, last year, more than 21 million Americans waited until the last week to file.

That's one in every 7 Americans.

Some things to keep in mind if you're one of those last minute folks:

  • You can file electronically through the IRS website - it reduces errors and the tax software does the calculations.
  • If you're going to the post office, pay attention to the collection times on the collection box. If you drop it in after that time, it could be postmarked late, meaning your taxes are late.
  • You can get an extension on filing that return, but if you owe money, you have to pay by Monday. Experts say it's better to make an estimate and over pay, than having to pay penalties later.

If you make $54,000 or less, you can get free tax return preparation from the IRS through the VITA program

For more info, visit this website.