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Tax Deadline Extended After Boston Bombings

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BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Massachusetts taxpayers will have at least another week to complete their state income tax returns, and those directly affected by the Boston bombings will have up to three months to complete their federal filing.

The IRS announced Tuesday night that Suffolk County residents, including the City of Boston, will now have until July 15th of this year to file and make their payments. Those residents do not have to make any special arrangements. However, others affected by the bombings, including victims, their families, and first responders, are also be eligible for an extension. Starting on April 23rd, those taxpayers can call 1-866-562-5227 to identify themselves to the IRS before filing a return or making a payment.

The IRS says no filing and payment penalties will be due as long as returns are filed and payments are made by July 15, 2013. By law, interest, currently at the annual rate of 3 percent compounded daily, will still apply to any payments made after the April deadline.

Earlier Tuesday, Massachusetts Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter announced an extension for state taxpayers to April 23rd. But that date may be altered following the IRS announcement.