AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Tuesday night is the deadline to file state and federal taxes in Massachusetts.
April 15th fell on a Saturday this year, giving tax payers till Monday to file; and Monday is Patriots’s Day in Massachusetts, bumping the deadline back an extra day.
“It’s a busy day today, taking advantage of the holiday to file and complete it on time,” said Mohamed Good of Amherst.
According to the IRS, as of April 13th, nearly 40 million Americans had yet to file their tax returns. They expect to receive 12 million this week.
At Liberty Tax in Amherst, tax preparers were busy helping their customers file their state and federal taxes. Nearly half of their business occurs within the one month prior to the tax deadline every year. Liberty Tax has been working mainly with people who started their return, but couldn’t finish.
“Whether it be unemployment or or gains from lottery things like that, we are seeing a lot of people who are done and are just missing one or two little pieces,” said Ralph Giusti, President of Liberty Tax in Amherst. “That’s the challenge, to get them to bring them in.”
Giusti said you need to bring all your documents to your tax preparer, including W2’s and proof of health coverage. He said having a valid form of ID will speed up the filing process.
You can request a filing extension to October 16th, but if you owe any tax, you’ll have to send it in by the deadline. Penalties and interest will accrue on any taxes not paid by tomorrow’s filing deadline.