2006-01-06 / Community

IRS Extends April Tax Returns Filing By Three Days

Over 8.8 million New Yorkers have until April 18 to file their tax returns, and more e-services than ever will be available this year for Empire State taxpayers and tax preparers, including a redesigned irs.gov website, improved online tools, and improved electronic services.

“In addition to enhanced e-services for the 2006 filing season, New York taxpayers will have an extra day to file their tax returns,” IRS NEW York spokesperson Kevin McKeon said. “The filing deadline is normally April 15, however this year April 15 falls on a Saturday, so that mean’s the deadline would be extended to Monday, April 17. But since that day is Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts, taxpayers that file to the Andover, Massachusetts Service Center will have until April 18 to file their returns-including New Yorkers,” McKeon added.

The IRS expects a continued growth in IRS e-file services, with more than 3.4 million New Yorkers e-filing this season. The agency surpassed an important milestone last year, as more than half the nation’s taxpayers filed their tax returns electronically.

Early taxpayers seeking a fast refund can receive their refund in two weeks or less if they e-file and have their tax returns deposited directly into their bank account. “Taxpayers can find help 24/7 on www.irs.gov,” McKeon said. “The newly revamped site provides a more usable look and feel with an enhanced search engine. Users should easily find needed forms and publications, electronic tools and tax information. A new drop-down menu called ‘I Need To’ provides taxpayers with quick access to frequently asked questions.”

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