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Federal Taxes Due April 18, Mass. Returns Due April 19

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BOSTON (AP) – Procrastinating tax filers are getting an extra break this year.

While taxes are traditionally due April 15, federal tax returns aren’t due until Monday April 18, because the District of Columbia observed Emancipation Day on Friday.

And for those really reluctant filers, state returns in Massachusetts aren’t due until the following day, Tuesday April 19, because of the Patriot’s Day holiday on Monday.

Revenue officials said last week that about one-third of Massachusetts residents had yet to file their taxes.

They said that’s slightly ahead of last year’s pace.

Electronic filing continues to gain popularity. Revenue officials said that electronic returns are up 3 percent this year compared to 2010, accounting for more than 85 percent of all returns.

The number of tax refunds is up by 5 percent.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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