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States following April 18 lead

By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Posted: 12 pm ET

Longtime Bankrate readers know that our annual tax guide has a state tax component. I'm working on it, I promise! But there are 50 states and the District of Columbia and only one me, so I appreciate your patience.

In the meantime, here's a preview.

It looks like most of the states that collect income taxes from their residents are going to follow the federal tax lead and postpone the state filing deadline until Monday, April 18.

The states are following the lead of the Internal Revenue Service, which announced that the due date for 2010 tax returns this filing season is April 18.

Those three extra days to file with the IRS, and in many cases with your state tax department, are yours because the usual April 15 deadline is a federal holiday in Washington, D.C. That, says the IRS, makes it a federal holiday for the whole country as far as tax filing is concerned.

And apparently, it is an unofficial state holiday in some jurisdictions, too.

I've found official word from Alabama, Minnesota and New Jersey that tax officials there are extending the filing deadline. I suspect I'll find many more similar deadline shifts before I'm through.

Now I'm not asking all y'all to do my work for me, but if you happen to know if your state is pushing income tax filing back a few days this year, feel free to let me know by commenting on this post.

Of course, if you live in a state without an income tax, you only have to worry about one set of filings.

And you don't have to wait until the last minute to file either your state or federal return, regardless of the formal deadline.

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