January 4, 2011 in Nation/World, News

D.C. holiday means extra weekend to file taxes


Looks like we can thank the District of Columbia for this one. The Internal Revenue Service today announced the deadline to file and pay federal 2010 taxes has been pushed back three days to Monday, April 18.

The reason? Washington, D.C., celebrates April 16 as Emancipation Day, marking the day in 1862 that President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves within the district. It has been an official public holiday in the city since 2005. Because April 16 is a Saturday this year, the official Emancipation Day holiday will be April 15 – traditionally the annual tax deadline.

According to an IRS news release, holidays honored in D.C. affect tax deadlines the same way federal holidays do, thus extending the deadline for all taxpayers in 2012.

For more information on the 2011 tax season, visit www.irs.gov.

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