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Federal and state income taxes each will be due a little later than normal this year, but not on the same days.

Back in 2005, the District of Columbia chose to make Emancipation Day a district holiday, which meant it became a day off for federal workers (including those in the Internal Revenue Service) in Washington D.C.

This year, April 15 (a Friday), which is the normal filing due date for both state and federal taxes, is also the date of the celebration of Emancipation Day. If the IRS is closed in Washington D.C., federal taxes are not due on that date.

As a result, federal income taxes will not be due until Monday, April 18.

But, in Massachusetts, Monday, April 18, is Patriot's Day, a state holiday, so state income taxes will not be due until April 19.

The business of not filing taxes on April 15 is not that unusual. Last year, due to extensive flooding, taxpayers from the Cape west to Worcester County had until May 11 to file state and federal taxes. In 2007, taxpayers in flooded areas had until April 26 to file. And there have been many years when, due to Patriot's Day, state income taxes were not due until April 18.

So this coming tax year, pending any last minute weather events, federal income tax will be due on April 18, and state income tax on April 19.

 

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