DENVER, CO – Tax day is here. You have until Monday, April 15 to file your 2018 federal tax returns without incurring a penalty from the Internal Revenue Service. Unlike previous years, when local holidays have pushed out the date and given taxpayers a little extra time to file, the 2019 date falls squarely on April 15. That’s Monday.

Only Massachusetts and Maine residents get a little extra time. The deadline in those two states is April 17 as April 15 is Patriots’ Day in the two states and April 16 is Emancipation Day in Washington D.C.

Since the deadline is fast approaching, the IRS encourages taxpayers to e-file their returns for a number of reasons. The IRS says electronically filing tax returns is secure, convenient and means refunds — for those lucky enough — will be delivered faster. The agency also notes that the e-file service can be used whether you owe money or are owed a refund.

For those who prefer to file their tax returns the old fashioned way and mail it to the IRS, the return must be postmarked by the filing date deadline.

The federal tax return filing deadline is April 15 and the extension deadline is October 15.

Statistics from the IRS show that through the end of March, the IRS has received 1.4 percent less returns than the previous year. The New York Times reported that the IRS expects to receive more than 14.6 million extension requests in 2019.

Taxpayers can fill out IRS form 4868 to get an automatic extension of time to file their returns. However, the IRS cautions that an extension to file does not mean an extension of time to pay any taxes owed.

According to the United States Postal Service, taxpayers should check the IRS website for where to mail a tax return. The destination and return address should be written clearly on the package. The USPS also says to ensure the right amount of postage is used or the package will be returned.

Some post offices have extended hours on tax day and offer late postmarking, the USPS says.

Metro Denver residents can find a list of post office locations nearby by searching on the USPS website and calling a local post office to find out the hours for tax day.

Here are the Denver-area POs that are open later than 5 p.m.

SUNNYSIDE › 1766 W 46TH AVE DENVER, CO 80211 – Closes at 5:30 p.m.SOUTH DENVER › 225 S BROADWAY DENVER, CO 80209- Closes at 5:30 p.m.ALCOTT › 3700 TENNYSON ST DENVER, CO 80212 – Closes at 5:30 p.m.EDGEWATER › 1990 DEPEW ST LAKEWOOD, CO 80214 – Closes at 5:30 p.m.

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