Weekly Feature

2018-04-12 / Business

Tax filing deadline delayed

The deadline for filing taxes is delayed this year, according to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

The regular deadline of April 15 falls not only on a Sunday, but also on Emancipation Day, which is a legal holiday in Washington, D.C. That holiday will be observed the following day, pushing the deadline to April 17.

“We urge taxpayers to use the extra time to carefully review their returns and avoid filing in a rush, which can cause errors that result in processing and refund delays,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion.

If the extended deadline is not enough time, however, the Department of Taxation and Finance urges individuals to request an automatic extension of time to file if they are unable to submit a completed income tax return by April 17. The extension request is due by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

“We understand that some taxpayers might need additional time to complete and file their income tax returns,” said Manion. “An extension will provide them more time to file, but not — it’s important to note — more time to pay any tax owed.”

Taxpayers must file the extension, along with the properly estimated tax due, by the April 17 deadline.

Taxpayers can request an extension of time to file using the online Personal Income Tax Extension service at https://tax.ny.gov/pit/file/ext.htm. The online and e-file options provide a confirmation that the state received the extension request.

Taxpayers must make full payment of the properly estimated tax balance due when requesting an extension of time to file. Personal income tax returns filed on extension are due no later than Monday, Oct. 15.

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