JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents are getting three extra days to file their state income taxes this year.
The state Department of Revenue has joined the Internal Revenue Service in extending the filing deadline to April 18 instead of the usual April 15.
The IRS moved its deadline because the nation's capital will be observing Emancipation Day on April 15, which is a Friday. The holiday marks the 1862 signing by President Abraham Lincoln of a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia.
But even with the extra time, Missouri revenue officials urge taxpayers to file as early as possible. The Revenue Department also recommends that taxpayers file online and double-check their math to make sure they're paying the right amount.