Typically, the last day to file your taxes is April 15th, but this year the deadline falls on April 18th. So if you procrastinate about doing your taxes, you have a few extra days.
You may think the IRS is giving you a present of a few extra days, but the real reason has a lot more to do with history. Typically, Tax Day is April 15, but this year, that falls on a Saturday. On Monday, the District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day which is usually April 16, but that falls on a Sunday. So just like other federal holidays that fall on a weekend, Emancipation Day is moved to Monday, thus pushing Tax Day to April 18.
Several nonprofits, such as the United Way in Palm Beach County and Hispanic Unity Florida and the United Way in Broward, are offering free tax preparation through the Internal Revenue Services’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The free service, valued at up to $150, is offered in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole, among other languages. AARP also has a free service.
To help smooth over the anxiety of filing your taxes, there are several freebies you can avail yourself of:
Bob Evans: Coupon for 30 percent off entire purchase on Tuesday.
Great American Cookie: Free cookie on Tuesday.
Hooters: Free kids meal with $10 adult purchase on Saturday through Tuesday.
Noodles & Company: $4 off $10 purchase with online orders April 12-18 using coupon code TAXDAY17.
Royal Pig Pub: Buy-one-get-one free ale or pale ale on Tuesday at 350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
So whether you are receiving a refund or have to pay, there is something for everyone.