MOUNT VERNON — Only a couple of days remain for those who have not sent in their 2011 federal, state or city tax returns. The deadline for individuals to file their returns is Tuesday, April 17. With the normal deadline being April 15, taxpayers are given an extra two days this year since the 15th falls on a Sunday, and the federal holiday known as Emancipation Day observed in the District of Columbia falls on April 16. According to federal law, D.C. holidays impact tax deadlines the same way federal holidays do.
Mount Vernon City Tax Administrator Debbie Tyson encourages residents to make sure they attach all W-2’s and schedules when filing their tax return. The Mount Vernon City tax office at 3 N. Gay St. will be open extended hours until 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday to assist residents with their last-minute filing questions. “We’ve extended the hours so that people who work a little later can get in here, and we can get them taken care of,” said Tyson.
The Mount Vernon post office will be observing normal hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. Select Post Offices in the Columbus area will be open extended hours to accommodate last-minute filers.
Tyson encourages city residents who have a simple return with W-2’s to file their return electronically. “This is our third year of doing this, and each year I believe it’s gotten a little easier,” said Tyson. Those who need to attach schedules or work outside the city of Mount Vernon will need to submit a paper return.
Those needing more time to file can fill out Form 4868 to request an extension for their federal tax return until Oct. 15. “We do honor all federal extensions,” said Tyson of those wishing to delay filing their city tax return as well. City residents can do this in writing or by calling the tax office. Extensions may be honored as long as the customer’s account is current. A copy of the federal extension confirmation would need to be attached when the tax return is actually filed.