Federal tax deadline extended to Monday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This year, you have three extra days to file your federal tax returns. So, now the deadline is on Monday, April 18.

But, you may not want to wait because the U.S. Postal Service is changing its hours from the usual on tax day next Monday.

Number crunching is in full effect. So, we decided to put this year's federal tax deadline to the test.

"Hmm...today? The 14th right?," questions Monica Snead.


"Uh, it's in April," says Neal Fleenor.

Yes, that is true. But, when?

"For federal taxes, it's the 15th of April," says Harvey Smith.

Normally, yes. But this year, no. The deadline to file your federal taxes is Monday, April 18. A holiday being observed tomorrow in, Washington, D.C., which caused the deadline to be extended.

Jazmine Williams works at Liberty Tax Services in Chesterfield. The shock we saw, is exactly what she sees everyday. "Their jaw drops. It's pretty much like 'Sweet, I got a weekend!'"

Harvey isn't waiting. He's dropping off his taxes, right now. "And, today is what, the 14th? And, I got them in my hand, I'm early!"

But the extension is not only helping the procrastinators. "Some people come in and say, 'I need to file for an extension.' And, I say, you know you have three extra days and they realize they have some more time," adds Jazmine.

But Jazmine has three extra days of business, too.

Beware though -- all Richmond area Post Offices will only be open during normal hours Monday, except for the main Post Office on Brook Road. It will stay open until 8 p.m., but not midnight like usual on tax day.

It's all because the postal service is cutting back and saving money.

In fact, you won't be able to drop off your return in these blue mailboxes after 8 p.m. at the main office either.

Bottom line: it's a deadline extended with a catch. If you wait past 8, you're taxes will be postmarked a day late.

Also, postal rates go up on Sunday. If you mail a First-Class letter that weighs more than 1 ounce, you will pay more per ounce starting Sunday.

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