Emancipation Day pushes tax deadline back three days

Emancipation Day pushes tax deadline back three days

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Even though the calendar says April 15, if you haven't filed your Federal tax returns, you still have three more days to file.

Due to the tax deadline falling on a legal holiday, with April 15 being recognized as Emancipation Day, the due date to file is delayed until the next business day, according to the IRS, meaning tax year 2015 returns are due on Monday April 18.

Your return is considered on-time if the envelope is properly addressed and postmarked or your online returns are filed by the due date.

For those who want to use online services to your taxes, the Virginia Department of Taxation's website offers a list of free file options depending on your individual income last year. If your income was less than $62,000 in 2015, then you can file electronically for free.

If you have made more, you will have to pay to submit your returns online.

If you prefer to mail your tax returns to the IRS, you can take them to area post offices all weekend long and on Monday, the key being that your returns are postmarked by April 18th.

A few post office locations, including the main branch at 1801 Brook Road, will stay open a little later to help those last-minute filers.

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