Long lines fill post offices across the region on Tax Day

April 16, 2019

CHARLESTON — Long lines were seen at several post offices across the region on Monday, which was the deadline to file 2018 income tax returns.

Monday, April 15, is Tax Day for most Americans. Due to Patriots’ Day holidays on Monday in Maine or Massachusetts, taxpayers in those states have until midnight Wednesday to file.

Those filing late could have requested a six-month extension to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to submit their returns, but only had until midnight Monday to submit taxes owed.

Those failing to file on time without an extension are subject to penalties that depend on the amount of taxes owed.

This season is the first time taxpayers will file under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which roughly doubled the standard deduction to $12,000 for singles and $24,000 for married-filing-jointly, eliminated personal exemptions and limited itemized deductions.

The Internal Revenue Service says it is expecting to receive about 153 million individual tax returns from 2018 over the course of this year.