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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

IRS extends tax filing deadline to April 18

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Taxpayers across the country have three extra days to turn in their tax returns this year thanks to a holiday in the District of Columbia.

The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that taxpayers have until Monday April 18 to file 2010 tax returns because Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District, falls on Friday April 15, the traditional tax deadline. By law, the IRS must observe District holidays as it does federal holidays for tax filing purposes.

Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 17, IRS said.

The holiday, marking the emancipation of former slaves, pushed the tax deadline back by one day in 2007 and will do so again in 2012.

The IRS is also warning taxpayers who claim itemized deductions on mortgage costs or charitable donations or who claim certain tuition tax deductions to wait until mid-February to begin filing returns. The delay is needed so the agency can account for tax-law changes approved by Congress last month. It plans to announce plans in the near future for when it will start processing returns impacted by changes to the law.

The IRS expects to process more than 140 million tax returns this year. Taxpayers eagerly waiting for refunds this year will be able to use a new "Where's my Refund?" tool at

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Posted by: Dadrick | January 5, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Those who pay attention didn't need the IRS to remind them about how holidays and weekends effect due dates.

For those who need to make a 4th quarter estimated tax payment, the due date is Jan 18, not Jan 15. Jan 15 is Saturday, so the deadline moves to the next Monday, Jan 17. But Jan 17 is the day Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed, so the deadline is moved to the next day, Tuesday, January 18.

It ain't that hard to know which days are holidays and which days are Saturdays or Sundays.

Posted by: sscritic | January 5, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

nOW THAT WE ARE SLOWLY BEING RAPED BY GOVERNMENT Seniors Medicare is deducted from SS payments. No Cost of Living increwase for 2 years (maybe more) Utilities a, gas and food prices, not to forget property tax and school tax outrageous. School tax $2000. per year for Seniors. No Cell phone service, No sidewalks and our small town is floating away because dredging is beyond county's budget, but officials get their yearly raises even if they are rarely in their appointed offices.
Medicare putting new provisions on not paying for hospital . Neither Medicare or Hosp. advises patient of this, if they decide your stay, even if you are very ill, is on Observation basis. Seniors, before you check into hospital call your Atty. and demand to be admitted as a patient, not just there for Observation!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | January 5, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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