NIXA, Mo. — Good news for procrastinators– this year, an annual holiday celebrated in the nation’s capitol is giving people three extra days to file their taxes.
Emancipation day is now celebrated in Washington, D.C. every April 16– which pushes the deadline to file taxes by a few days.
Since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, it’s being observed Friday– shutting down the D.C. government to celebrate, making the tax deadline move to Monday, April 18.
“We’ll do, when it’s all said and done, around 2,400 tax returns here,” said Certified Private Accountant and Owner of Jenkins CPA Heather Jenkins.
Jenkins is spending her Friday night at the office.
“I’ll be here until I can’t do it anymore,” she said. “Then, I’ll leave and come back early and start all over again.”
Jenkins doesn’t plan on getting much sleep any night this weekend.
“What I have right here is what I’m supposed to get done by Monday,” she said.
With the exception of extensions for most counties with flood damage, taxes need to be filed by Monday at midnight.
“This week has been extremely busy– it’s near the deadline,” said Jenkins. “We have three extra days, so that’s helpful.”
This year, as part of the Affordable Care Act, a new form is puzzling some taxpayers.
“It makes it harder because we have to ask– did you have insurance? Which months did you have insurance? And the ACA, healthcare.gov, those forms aren’t always matching what happened,” said Jenkins.
People like Kelly Getman say it’s another reason to procrastinate.
“Especially this year– with different healthcare and identity theft and so forth– it was something I kind of put off until the last minute,” said Getman, who was filing her taxes Friday. “But I’m still in time to get them done.”
Jenkins says her office did a little more than 600 extensions this tax season.
“We’ll have another mini tax season in September/October,” she said. “Business returns are due September 15 on extension and personal on October 15.”
Which will create more longer days for people like herself.
“There are most weeks I’ll put 100 or close to 100 hours in,” she said.
Several counties in the area, not including Christian County, have until May 16 to file because of flood damage.
Otherwise, Monday, April 18 is the deadline to file taxes or apply for an extension.