Tax Day is April 18 this year

Associated Press

If you like to procrastinate, you’ll have three extra days to file your Michigan and federal taxes without an extension.

The deadline is April 18 because of the celebration of Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia. If, for some reason, you’re filing in Massachusetts or Maine, Patriots Day means you’ll have still another day to file.

Taxpayers increasingly are choosing to file electronically. Electronic filing was up 2.4 percent in 2015 from 2014. Similarly, the use of direct deposit for refund checks also is gaining in popularity. Last year, more than 86 million tax refunds were paid through direct deposit, up 2.7 percent over 2014.

Overall, the average refund in 2015 was $2,797, a slight increase over the previous year.

“Choosing e-file and direct deposit for refunds remains the fastest and safest way to file an accurate income tax return and receive a refund,” the IRS said on its website.

The agency expects to pay more than 90 percent of refunds in less than 21 days.