IRS extends tax filing deadline to April 18
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.
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