Final tax weekend tasks
Top 10 tax tips from CPAs, also known as Letterman's annual spoofing of taxes

Don't forget your state taxes

Only a relatively few taxpayers don't thave to worry about state tax filings this time of year. There is no income tax collected on wages here in Texas, as well as in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.

In the other 43 states and Washington, D.C., that collect taxes on income, either earned or unearned, from their residents, most follow the IRS filing schedule.

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As we all well know, the IRS deadline typically is April 15, which is why the tax due dates in the ol' blog's state tax departments listing are, for the most part, that date.

But as we all well know by now, this year the federal filing deadline is Monday, April 18.

And states that usually demand tax returns from their residents in mid-April are this year following the IRS schedule and postponing their collections until Monday, too.

A couple of state tax day exceptions: Of course, we are talking taxes here, so there's always going to be an exception.

When it comes to 2011 state tax filing deadlines there actually are two exceptions, Maine and Massachusetts.

Those states' regular tax filing deadline is April 15. That means this year it would be on Monday, April 18, except that day is also Patriots' Day.

So filers in those two New England states get until Tuesday, April 19, to file their state returns.

The divergence of the Maine and Massachusetts state tax filing deadlines, however, does highlight a key tax time caveat: Never take anything for granted.

If you're unsure about anything tax, ask! Preparation and a well-time question will usually save you time, frustration and possibly money.

For more on federal tax filing, check out today's earlier post on final tax weekend tasks.

And once more, have a great federal and state tax weekend!

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