There is still time to meet this year’s tax deadline

Earlier this week, the IRS said nearly 40 million taxpayers had yet to file their returns

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This year’s filing date has been delayed due to a string of successive holidays.

Earlier this week, the IRS said nearly 40 million taxpayers had yet to file their returns. Lucky for those procrastinators, with April 15th falling on a Saturday, the deadline is pushed to Monday.

Monday is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia. It marks the day in 1862 when 3,100 slaves living in Washington, D.C. were freed. Most states that usually have an April 15th deadline, including Massachusetts have extended their deadline to file their returns until Tuesday, April 18th. Taxpayers can request an automatic six-month extension, but there is no extension for paying your tax bill.

If you owe additional taxes, they are still due Tuesday, but not everyone is filing late this year. The IRS has already processed 101 million individual returns and has issued $229 billion in refunds. More good news, your chances of getting audited keep coming down, with the number of people audited in 2016 dropping for the sixth straight year.