Holidays push back Massachusetts tax deadline

The most common overlooked tax credit is Earned Income

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – You have an extra few days to file your taxes. A combination of federal and Massachusetts holidays have extended the deadline to midnight Tuesday.

Great news for all you procrastinators, you still have two additional days to file your taxes. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, the deadline is quickly approaching.

There was a three-day delay beyond the traditional April 15 deadline because Friday was a legal holiday in the Washington D.C. For Massachusetts and Maine residents, it was a four day delay, because of Patriots Day.

More than 5-million returns are expected to be filed each day, as the tax deadline approaches. About one third of tax payers have not yet filed their tax returns

Scott Shand, from West Springfield told 22News, he does his tax return early, because he likes to get his refund early. “Yeah, I usually do it as soon as I get all the documents I need from work and anything else I need. I try to get it done right away.”

Liberty Tax has some advice for late tax filers. Ray Maagero from Liberty Tax said, “Make sure you get all your documents together. If there are any life-changing events, you’ve gone through, make sure you get the information you need to take advantage of any deductions or credits that might be available to you.  And if you don’t have enough time to get your documents ready, you can file an extension.”

If you think you’ll be filing an extension, but you think you may owe taxes, your best bet is to make an estimate of what you think you’ll owe and send the payment in, along with your extension, to avoid penalties. The most common overlooked tax credit is earned income. 1 in 5 eligible taxpayers overlook the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is worth up to about $6,000

Liberty Tax told 22News, you can drop off your taxes and they’ll work on them, and you can pick them up later that day or the following day.

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