Tax Deadline Extended to April 18th Due to Emancipation Day

EUGENE, Ore. – The deadline to file your taxes is extended one week from today and if you haven’t filed, you may just be in luck.
According to a tax specialist, one in three taxpayers don’t file until April and this season, the government is giving people until April 18th.
It’s all because of Emancipation Day, that’s the day President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Act, which freed the slaves. They celebrate this day as a holiday in Washington, D.C. Since the day is April 15th, tax day had to be bumped to Monday, giving everyone three extra days to file their taxes.
The IRS said if you’re filing an extension you still need to pay at least 90 percent of the estimated tax owed. 
H&R Block Office Manager, Rebecca Lowry said they’ve been getting a lot of calls from clients asking about extensions and deadlines.
"We can help people I know it’s really busy this time of year but you can bring in your documents and we can help you complete them and then give you a call, you don’t need to sit in the office the entire time,” Lowry said.
Lowry said one issue people have when filing taxes is big life changes that can have a lot of consequences as well as benefits.
She said it’s important to have a check list and keep important documents in a folder to make it easier to find them when it comes time to file.
The IRS said it takes 8-21 days to receive your federal refund, but tax preparers say the state doesn’t give a time frame.

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