By Trevor Kapp and Patrick Hedlund
MANHATTAN — New Yorkers who waited until the last minute to file their taxes have until Tuesday to square their finances with Uncle Sam, after the government extended the filing date two days past the traditional deadline.
The extension came as a result of April 15 falling on a Sunday this year and the observance of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C., Monday — giving procrastinating taxpayers a bit more breathing room to file on time.
The Internal Revenue Service recommends that taxpayers file electronically to ensure accuracy and speed up the refund process, and expects to receive more than 144 million separate tax returns by the deadline Tuesday.
At the H&R Block on East Houston Street in the East Village Monday, a steady stream of taxpayers filed inside to get their forms in order.
"Last year, I did it in February. This year, my schedule's been crazy," Sylvia Borowska, 23, a personal trainer from Coney Island, who said this is the latest she's ever filed.
"I try not to let it stress me out. I get money back, so it's nice. It's paying for my trip to Puerto Rico."
On the other hand, Jim Hu, 32, a technology consultant from the Lower East Side, said he usually waits until the last minute to do his taxes.
"I just procrastinate. I usually just file a couple of days before deadline. That's just how I do it," he said. "It's more exciting last minute."
But Victoria Ng, 27, a video editor also from Lower East, wasn't thrilled with the experience.
''It's stressful," she said. "I left it till the last minute. I should have done it sooner."
Those in need of more time can file for an extension, allowing them until Oct. 15 to submit their forms.