Tax Day is on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Yes, I said April 18th, not the 15th. Because of a Washington DC holiday known as Emancipation Day and the preceding weekend, you get 3 extra days to file your 2016 tax returns!
While few people think of Tax Day as a holiday, it has become a significant promotional event for stores and restaurants. Many stores are having special Tax Day Sales or offering freebies on April 18. Several restaurants are featuring specials and free menu items. Your favorite shopping mall may be having a Tax Day promotion with special deals available at participating stores.
As far as shopping hours, nearly all stores, restaurants, and shopping centers will be open with regular hours of operation on April 18. They don’t close early on Tax Day. In fact, some businesses have extended hours to coincide with Tax Day promotions. If you are out and about, you’ll no doubt see some restaurants and stores promoting last-minute Tax Day sales and deals.
Finally, be sure to get your income tax returns done before the April 18 deadline. The IRS frowns on late returns! Nobody wants to pay extra interest and penalties. If you are planning on mailing your tax return after normal USPS closing time, make sure you call and verify hours of operation. Every year, the number of Post Offices open late on Tax Day decreases. Because most people now file and pay their taxes online, it’s no longer cost-efficient for USPS to keep their doors open until the midnight deadline. Once you’ve finished and filed your 2016 taxes, relax and take advantage of the numerous special discounts and promotions taking place on Tax Day: April 18, 2017.