Holiday extends tax deadline for Massachusetts

Massachusetts taxpayers had to file their federal tax returns by Monday, but had an extra day to submit state forms due to Patriot's Day. Credit: Google Images
Massachusetts taxpayers had to file their federal tax returns by Monday, but had an extra day to submit state forms due to Patriot’s Day. Credit: Google Images

Need more time to get your taxes done? You’re in luck — but only for half the job.

Massachusetts officials pushed back the deadline for 2012 state income tax returns to Tuesday, because of the Patriots’ Day holiday.

However, federal paperwork still had to be sent by midnight Monday.

The state Department of Revenue urged residents to file electronically, an option more than 2.2 million people had taken advantage of as of Monday morning.

That’s compared with about 270,000 who sent paper returns.

The bonus of e-filing: Refunds are processed faster, especially if taxpayers choose direct deposit.

Once returns are filed, the IRS and DOR have online tools to track when refunds will arrive.

If you can’t get the paperwork in on time, both the IRS and the state offer six-month extensions.

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