DETROIT (WWJ) – If you haven’t filed your income taxes yet, you have to do it by midnight Monday — this year’s tax filing deadline. 

We all had an extra three days because Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in Washington D.C. , fell this year on Friday, April 15th. District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way as  federal holidays.

Ed Moore, Detroit District Spokesman for the U.S. Post Office, offered tips for last-minute filers.

“If you’re going to place your returns into a blue collection box, you want to make sure you look at the last collection time that that’s going to be picked up. Because if you place it in there after that collection time, you’re not going to get that April 18 postmark that you need, and your return is going to be considered late,” Moore said.

Moore says, in Detroit, the main post office on Fort Street will stay open the latest, until 10 p.m.  The Royal Oak Post Office will be open until 7 p.m. and the Redford Post Office will be open until 9 p.m.

If you’re worried because you owe and can’t afford it, IRS Detroit spokesman Luis Garcia said you still need to file.

“It’s not this horrible thing that is going to go away, if you just don’t file.  It’s just going to get worse. So  make sure that you file. If you can’t pay, give us a call. We’ve got lots of different programs. We are going to work with you, but don’t ignore it,” he said.

Bill Kilgore, of Novi, finished his taxes within the last couple of weeks and has a refund coming. “You know, it’s better to do that than try to get an extension or be worrying about it one way or another.”

Kilgore said they’ll try to save their refund because something always comes up.

If you need tax help, go to, call 800-829-1954 or visit our Tax Guide.


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