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April 15, 2013

The tax man cometh

Locals adjust to lack of extra day

(Continued)

No more.

The IRS ended the practice after 2007 simply because the agency changed the location of processing centers for New York returns, said Dianne Besunder, an IRS spokeswoman in New York City.

“There was no longer a New York connection to Massachusetts,” she said.

The last time New Yorkers received a Patriots’ Day extension on the tax-filing date was 2007. That year, April 15 was a Sunday, but Tax Day cannot fall on a weekend. The next day, the 16th, was Patriots’ Day — the third Monday of the month — so taxpayers actually got a two-day extension to the 17th. The 15th also fell on a Sunday last year, but Tax Day was the 16th.

Today marks the first time since 2002 that April 15 has fallen on a Monday.

The battles of Lexington and Concord, which Patriots’ Day commemorates, were fought on April 19, 1775, a Wednesday, and are considered the first military engagements of the American War of Independence. Patriots’ Day actually falls on April 19 once in a while, the next time being 2021.

So, if you thought you had a day, you really only have hours, and if you thought the U.S. Postal Service would help by keeping post offices open later, you’re wrong again.

The Postal Service started phasing out extended hours on Tax Day years ago because so many people were filing their returns online. It just wasn’t very busy on Tax Day anymore.

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