Deadline for tax returns quickly approaching

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Attention residents: the tax deadline is looming.

If you’re filing in Rhode Island, the deadline is Monday. In Massachusetts, it’s Tuesday.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, Washington D.C. is celebrating Emancipation Day on Friday – which pushed the deadline back to Monday, April 18.

People living in Massachusetts or Maine have until Tuesday, the 19th because Monday is Patriots’ Day.

If the extra weekend isn’t enough of an extension, you still have options.

“If you feel that you may not be able to actually file a tax return because you’re missing information, you can always file an extension,” said Mario Carneiro, of Angelini & Carneiro, CPA Inc. “That’s an automatic extension. You don’t have to ask for permission.”

Filing the extension will give you until October 17 to file your tax return – but an extension doesn’t mean you have extra time to pay.

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If you owe money, you have to pay by next week’s deadlines to save yourself from penalties and interest charges.

“The worst penalty is filing late. So if you don’t have the money send in the extension – save yourself the late filing fee,” Carneiro said.

The IRS expects 150 million federal tax returns to be filed this year. The agency said it will process nine out of 10 returns within 21 days – and expects more than 70 percent of taxpayers to receive refunds.

Last year the average federal refund was $2,797.

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