Experts on both taxes and American history were quick to note that my By the Numbers post on states tax filing deadlines that diverge from the IRS due date neglected to discuss the locales that recognize Patriots' Day.
This legal holiday in Maine and Massachusetts commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.
Patriots' Day was originally celebrated on the actual day that Americans fired their first musket shots for freedom, but the holiday eventually was moved to create a three-day weekend. It's now officially on the third Monday of April.
In 2011, that's April 18.
That's also the day this year that federal, and in most cases state, income tax returns are due.
The April 18 federal filing deadline still holds for IRS forms, even those from New England taxpayers. Sorry, but the extra time that Patriots' Day used to buy you for federal filing is no more since the IRS facility in Andover, Mass no longer processes individual tax returns.
Individual federal returns from New England as well as a handful of other states (not all in the Northeast) now go to IRS offices in Kansas City, Mo., or Hartford, Conn., depending on whether the filings contain a payment check. While IRS employees in Missouri and Connecticut certainly appreciate the sacrifices of our revolutionary forebears, they don't get an official holiday, so they're expecting everyone's federal returns by at least April 18.
But the 2011 Patriots' Day holiday does give Massachusetts and Maine taxpayers one extra day to file their state tax returns. The filing deadline for state returns in those two places this year is Tuesday, April 19.
So if you live in the Bay State or the Pine Tree State, finish your federal 1040s by Monday, April 18, or before if you plan to attend Patriots' Day festivities, such as the Boston Marathon or the Red Sox-Blue Jays baseball game.
Then you can finish up your state returns Monday evening when you get home and get them on their way to your state tax office by Tuesday, April 19.
- States that don't conform to the federal filing deadline
- 2011's important tax deadlines
- State tax e-filing options
- Eyeing the tax calendar (2006)
- State Tax Departments
- By the Numbers (2011)
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