Tax Filing Deadline Extended to April 17
The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to April 17.
Once again this year, the Internal Revenue Service is giving taxpayers extra time to file their tax returns, thanks to Emancipation Day.
Last year, it was an extra weekend, this year, the IRS is extending the filing deadline to Tuesday, April 17.
The IRS made the announcement Wednesday on its website. According to the press release, the deadline to file 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due is extended from April 15 to April 17 because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls on Monday, April 16.
The IRS stated in the release that federal law requires District of Columbia holidays to impact tax deadlines the same as federal holidays do so taxpayers get the two-day extension.
The IRS website stated that more than 144 million individual tax returns are expected this year, with most of those being filed by April 17.
The IRS will accept e-file and Free File returns beginning Jan. 17, according to the website.
The IRS also reminds taxpayers requesting an extension that they have until Oct. 15 to file their 2012 tax returns.
According to the IRS, taxpayers will have new tools this year to help with filing, including navigation features and an interactive video to help with tax issues.