Tax Filing extended by IRS due to Washington D.C. Emancipation Day 2011

By on Jan 5, 2011 in Announcement, Economy, United States Comments

US taxpayers gets a three day reprieve in their federal tax filing in 2011, when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  moved the final day of submission to April 18, 2011, according to a news article published in the IRS website.

The previous deadline for the filing of tax returns was April 15. However, Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.)will be observing Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15, 2011. According to the IRS, as mandated by law, local holidays in the nation’s capital will impact tax filing deadlines the same way as federal holidays.

Emancipation Day is the commemoration of President Abraham Lincoln‘s signing into law, on April 16, 1862, a bill ending slavery in the Washington D.C.. The bill was signed by President Lincoln, more than eight months before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation that led to the release of all the slaves.

The extension will enable taxpayers to file their tax returns for 2010 until midnight of Monday, April 18, 2011. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 17 to file their returns.

More than 140 million individual tax returns is expected to be processed by the IRS this year. Other taxpayers can already file their tax returns once they receive all their tax documents from employers, banks and other financial institutions. However, other taxpayers will have to wait until the second or last week of February to file their tax returns due to the late changes in the 2010 tax law which was passed by Congress last December of 2010. This is because the IRS needs more time to integrate the new law into its processing systems. A more definite date for filing will be announce later, according to IRS.

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