Tax return deadline pushed to April 18

There’s good news for procrastinators. A holiday in the nation’s capital has pushed back the tax return filing deadline to April 18. If you didn’t have weekend plans, now you do.

The tax deadline is normally April 15. Because Washington, D.C. is marking Emancipation Day on Friday instead of its ordinary April 16 – a Saturday this year, Tax Day was moved to Monday. It can’t be held on a Saturday either.

Do you live in Maine or Massachusetts? You have lucked out and get even more time to file your tax return. Because your state observes Patriots’ Day on April 18, residents have until Tuesday, April 19 to file.

We know tax time leaves many people scratching their heads. Here are the answers to some common FAQs:

  1. How do I know if my return is filed on time? E-file with TaxSlayer and you have until midnight on April 15 to submit your return. If you are mailing in your tax return, the envelope must by properly addressed and postmarked by the due date.
  2. I’m overseas. Do I get more time? If you served or are serving in a combat zone or a contingency operation, you have at least 180 days after leaving the zone or operation to file and pay taxes. See the Armed Forces’ Tax Guide for more info.
  3. How do I get more time to file? You can request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return using Form 4868. You must complete the form by the tax deadline.
  4. What is the fastest way to finish my tax return? Filing electronically is the quickest way for most people to do their taxes. Let TaxSlayer get you started!
  5. How long will it take to get my tax refund? Most taxpayers who file electronically receive their refund within 3 weeks after the IRS receives your return.

If you are a last-minute tax filer, check out these tips to make sure you avoid common errors. Take your time because rushing through your tax return can cause you to make mistakes.

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