Filing deadline is April 18

Published 10:08 am Monday, April 11, 2016

Those who wait until the last minute have a little more time this year to file their income tax returns.

Tax Day is typically April 15. However, because the District of Columbia holiday Emancipation Day, typically celebrated on April 16, is on a Saturday, the federal holiday this year will be celebrated on Friday, April 15. That means federal employees won’t be around to begin handling all those returns. Thus, the extension of the tax filing deadline to Monday, April 18.

Katie Feibelman, a partner with May and Company in Vicksburg, said the only change the new deadline means for tax filers is a little additional time to file a return with the IRS and the state of Mississippi.

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However, extensions in filing are available, she said.

“Extensions are available to anyone who cannot file before the extended due date. This does not include payment of taxes, only the filing of the return. All payments believed to be due should be made by April 18,” Feibelman said.

The day will be a busy one at the U.S. Postal Service office in Vicksburg.

“It will be a very busy day at the window with people certifying their tax returns, and outgoing mail will be very heavy,” said Bill Farrior, postmaster at the Vicksburg office.

While the Vicksburg post office will not extend its hours, Farrior said the postal boxes at the post office would be given an additional check at 6 p.m. to make sure all outgoing mail gets to where it’s going.

“The only place I’m aware of that extends its hours is the main post office in Jackson at 401 E. South St.,” Farrior said.