BOSTON (WPRI/AP) — Holidays are giving taxpayers in two New England states a couple of extra days to file their taxes.
The 2018 returns are due on Monday for most states, including Rhode Island, but Massachusetts and Maine are celebrating Patriots Day on Monday.
The following day is Emancipation Day, a holiday that is celebrated in Washington D.C.
As a result, taxpayers in Massachusetts and Maine can procrastinate until April 17, but state and federal tax returns must be postmarked or filed electronically before midnight on Wednesday.
Massachusetts officials say electronic filing often results in a quicker refund, and it was used by 85% of the state’s taxpayers a year ago.
As of Friday, approximately 50 million people have not filed their tax returns. The IRS says so far the average refund has been $2,833.
Anyone who will not be able to file their taxes by the end of the day Monday or Wednesday should immediately ask for an extension. The IRS says they plan to receive about 14.6 million extension requests this year.
Those who file for an extension will have a new deadline of Oct. 15.