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Tax deadline is here: What to know if you haven't filed yours yet

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's typically like clockwork each year: April 15 means taxes are due, but that was last Saturday and you still have time thanks to an IRS extension.

Since the usual April 15 deadline landed on a weekend this year, the deadline was pushed back. Normally that would have meant Monday, but it was a holiday in Washington, D.C., so instead, everyone's federal filing deadline was extended until midnight Tuesday, April 18.

Tax returns must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. Hawaii time.

To make things a lot easier for everyone during such a stressful time, states that usually have an April 15 deadline delayed their filing requirement as well.

Officials say the IRS has already processed nearly 104 million individual income tax returns and has issued $229 billion in refunds. The average refund is $2,851.

As of last week Friday, the tax agency estimated about 40 million taxpayers have yet to file their returns. The IRS expects more than 13 million taxpayers to request a filing extension, which grants six additional months to complete and file their tax returns, but there is no extension for paying your tax bill. If you owe taxes, they're still due by midnight Tuesday or you'll face penalties and interest.

“For those who can’t file on time, they can easily get a six-month extension either online at www.IRS.gov or by downloading and mailing in Form 4868 by the deadline. But they should know that an extension to file is not an extension to pay,” said IRS spokesman David Tucker II.

If you do need more time, officials say the fastest and easiest way to get an extension is through Free File on IRS.gov. Extensions are free for everyone, regardless of income.

IRS officials want to remind the public that all taxpayers should file by the deadline or apply for an extension -- even if they can't pay the full amount they owe.

The failure-to file penalty is generally 5 percent of the unpaid tax per month, but can sometimes be as high as 25 percent.

Keep in mind: there are special filing deadline rules that apply to members of the military serving in combat zones, those living outside the U.S. and those living in declared disaster areas.

All post offices in Hawaii will be closing at their regular times. The latest to close will be the Honolulu International Airport post office at 8 p.m. However, a total of 27 post offices across the state will offer late collection of mail from specially marked boxes today to accommodate last-minute filers. They'll be labeled with bright orange signs that indicate "Tax Mail Drop - Final Pick-Up Midnight." Federal tax forms with correct postage left in those bins or slots will receive an April 18, 2017 postmark.

The Hawaii state tax filing deadline is April 20, 2017. 

Here's a complete list of the 27 locations offering late collections:

Oahu:
Airport (main)
Downtown
Ewa Beach
Hawaii Kai
Kailua
Kaneohe
Kapalama
Makiki
Mililani
Pearl City
Waialae Kahala
Waialua
Waianae
Waikiki
Waipahu 

Maui:
Kahului
Kihei
Lahaina
Makawao
Pukalani
Wailuku

Hawaii Island:
Hilo (airport)
Kailua-Kona
Kamuela 

Kauai:
Lihue 

Molokai:
Kaunakakai 

Lanai:
Lanai City

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