Massachusetts taxpayers get extra few days to file this year


PITTSFIELD — Last minute filers in Berkshire County and across the state have a few more days to agonize over sending in their tax returns this year.

While returns typically are due April 15, the deadline has been extended to Tuesday for taxpayers in Massachusetts and Maine because of an unusual occurrence of federal holidays and weekend days.

In most states, the regular deadline was pushed back to Monday because Friday is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday, in Washington, D.C. Emancipation Day normally is April 16, but because that day falls on a Saturday, it will be celebrated a day early this year.

Emancipation Day marks the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed more than 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, holidays in the District of Columbia are legal holidays for the purposes of determining due dates under the federal tax code.

Residents of Massachusetts and Maine get an additional day because Monday is Patriots' Day, which is a state holiday in Massachusetts.

Patriots' Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War in the 18th century.

Of course, delays due to historic events won't affect early tax filers. The IRS began accepting individual electronic tax returns on Jan. 19.

Many tax software companies began accepting tax returns earlier in January and submitting them to the IRS when processing systems opened.

Contact Tony Dobrowolski at 413-496-6224.


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