The Internal Revenue Service is giving taxpayers three extra days this year to file their federal income tax returns.
April 15, a Friday, falls on a District of Columbia holiday, Emancipation Day. As a result, the deadline has been extended until April 18, a Monday.
However, taxpayers in Washington state may get a slow start on filing their returns this year. Because tax law changes were enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama in December, the IRS will not have its processing systems reprogrammed until mid to late February.
Included in changes are claims for Washington state sales tax under itemized deductions on Schedule A. Taxpayers claiming a higher education tuition deduction and the educator expense deduction also will have to wait to file.
The IRS will announce when it it ready to accept tax returns that include those items.