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Tax Day Filing Deadline Pushed Out

Posted on April 15th, 2016

Marianne Kern, CPA
Owner, President
Kern & Associates CPA, P.A.

If you’re scrambling to finish your tax return by the end of the day today, relax. You’ve got a few more days to file. The usual April 15 filing deadline has been pushed to Monday, April 18 for 2016.

The reason is Emancipation Day, the day to commemorate the signing of the Emancipation Act by President Abraham Lincoln, and is celebrated in Washington, D.C. It is observed on April 16, which just so happens to fall on Saturday this year. Emancipation Day is a legal holiday in D.C. in which the IRS is closed. Since this year’s holiday is on a Saturday, it will be observed on the closest weekday, which falls on April 15, moving the tax deadline to the next Monday on April 18.

Taxpayers who need even more time to complete their federal returns can request an automatic six-month extension. The request must be filed by April 18. The six-month extension gives taxpayers until Oct. 17 to file their returns. The only catch is you must estimate your tax liability and pay any amount due when you request the extension.

 


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