Published: Fri, April 15, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Why the 2016 personal tax deadline was moved to April 18

Why the 2016 personal tax deadline was moved to April 18

The filing deadline will also be pushed back in 2017 and 2018 because of the conflict with the holiday.

"You are coming to tax preparers who have been trained and certified by the IRS", Russell said. "I want to make sure that all Upstate New Yorkers get every penny that they're eligible to receive come tax day, and I want to make it as easy as possible for them to do so", said Senator Schumer.

The IRS is offering other kinds of online help, including a tool for those unsure if they need to file income taxes, taking them to a form that takes less than 15 minutes to complete. If you can't pay all the tax you owe, you may apply for an installment agreement. If you rush to beat the deadline, you may miss out on tax savings or make a mistake. Monday, April 18, is Patriot's Day in the two states-a public holiday commemorating the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. It's a wise move, as the IRS estimates that close to 95 percent of taxpayers filed electronically previous year.

The deadline has been extended to April 18, giving taxpayers three extra days than usual.

Besides Free File and electronic payments, taxpayers can choose to request an extension through a paid tax preparer, by using tax-preparation software or by filing a paper Form 4868, which can be downloaded from

Also, failing to file your extension by April 18 results in a late-filing penalty, which is why it's important to file on time.

Use Direct Deposit. The fastest and safest way to get your refund is to combine e-file with direct deposit.

Lots of other countries now have setups like this, and the idea of return-free filing has had bipartisan appeal in the past (Ronald Reagan talked about it back in 1985, Vox pointed out). And since the IRS has admittedly been short-staffed, this may be the best bet if you need help.

You didn't get your tax documents in order yet.

The IRS may send a debt collector to retrieve the funds you owe, or if you owe $10,000 or more and can't pay it right away, the IRS may file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien.

But that simply means each person is responsible for determining the correct amount of tax they owe. The IRS doesn't give them too much of a break, though.

MA senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2016, which aims to "simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers", according to the senator's website.

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