Tax Day Extension! April 15th NOT the Deadline


tax day extension april 18thIf you're planning on staying up all night tonight to finish your taxes, relax! Turn off the Quicken, and check out some Must See TV instead (Will Ferrell on The Office tonight -- woot!). This year your taxes aren't due until Monday, April 18. What? Nobody told you? Well, thank goodness for The Stir. Now, scoot along and put off one of the most annoying tasks of the entire year. Let it ruin your weekend instead. (I wonder -- will the Tea Party protests also be delayed? Did anyone tell Michele Bachmann???)

So what could it be that's making the U.S. government more lenient this year? Is it the threat of the shutdown? Budget cuts? Nope. It's a holiday that you've probably never heard of before.

Friday, April 15 is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., when the district celebrates the freedom of the slaves. This holiday may be local, but the law says tax day may not fall on a weekend or a holiday. And this one counts, since all the business of the IRS takes place in Washington, D.C. after all.

While this break was announced earlier this year, it hasn't been widely publicized. As one accountant told his client, that's on purpose. Getting people to get their tax information together on time is already a challenge. Give them three extra days and they'll procrastinate until the last possible minute.

To which I say, if you owe money to the government -- procrastinate away. Parting with your money at the last possible minute is a fine idea. For you, anyway. Did I mention Will Ferrell will be on The Office tonight? You're welcome.

Did you know tax day was on April 18 this year?


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ys, i read it first on he Stir! =-)

Leele... Leelee1008

our taxes are done and back in feb

lilel... lilelvengirl

We get our taxes done in Feb every year. The IRS people have enough to do without procrastinators making their workload suddenly huge by turning everything in at once on the 15th. Plus it seems like the earlier you get your stuff done, the less turnaround time until you get your refund, if you get one, since they aren't all kinds of backed up by lazy people.

allie... alliesmom112

Yes we knew but we got our taxes done way back at the end of January and got our refund.

onecu... onecuteladybug2

I heard something about this earlier this year.

onecu... onecuteladybug2

I don't understand why so many people procrastinate every year and have to rush to the post office at 11:30 at night on the day they are due!

Beths... Bethsunshine

We always get ours done early. It's not like it's a big surprise every year that you have to do them, so I don't know why people wait until the last minute and panic.

critt... critter_boo

my taxes were done in janurary

critt... critter_boo

i didnt know it was extended though

critt... critter_boo

didnt know about the holiday either

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