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Taxes due on Monday, April 18th
April 17, 2011

This a reminder that your taxes are due in, or must be postmarked by, Monday, April 18th this year. Be sure to e-file or, in Pinedale, get your paperwork in the mail or into the post office before 4:45PM so it has the April 18th postmark. Check with your local post office for specific closing times for your area if you plan to cut it close.

If you cannot get your taxes in by the deadline, you can go to the IRS website and file for an extension. Go to www.irs.gov and in the upper left, click on Form 4868. That will get you to a very simple partial-page form to fill out for an automatic extension of time. No phony excuse need be invented, but any estimated tax due should be paid with this form.

Below is the IRS explanation of "Emancipation Day" and how that affects the April 15 tax form filing date.

Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2011-10
March 7, 2011
Notice 2011-17
Effect of Emancipation Day on Filing and Payment Deadlines
http://www.irs.gov/irb/2011-10_IRB/ar09.html
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Purpose
This notice advises of the effect of Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, on the filing deadline for all tax forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15, including the Form 1040 series tax returns.

Background
Section 6072(a) of the Internal Revenue Code imposes a deadline of April 15 for filing income tax returns. When April 15 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, a return is considered timely filed if filed on the next succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. I.R.C. 7503. Legal holiday means a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. Id.

Under District of Columbia law, Emancipation Day, April 16, is a legal holiday. D.C. Code 28-2701 (2010). When April 16 falls on a Saturday, the preceding day is the observed holiday, and when it falls on a Sunday, the succeeding day is the observed holiday. Id. Because Emancipation Day is a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, in certain years it will have implications for taxpayers nationwide with respect to the filing deadlines for all tax forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15, including the Form 1040 series tax returns.

Effect of Emancipation Day on Filing Deadlines
For taxpayers nationwide, when Emancipation Day, April 16, falls on a:
Saturday: Friday, April 15 is the observed date and the filing deadline for all tax forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15, is Monday, April 18.
Sunday: Monday, April 17 is the observed date and the filing deadline for all tax forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15, is Tuesday, April 18.
Monday: Monday, April 16 is the holiday and the filing deadline for all forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15, is Tuesday, April 17.

For example, in 2011, Emancipation Day falls on a Saturday, meaning that it will be observed on Friday, April 15, 2011. The filing deadline for all tax forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15 (as described in Section 6072(a), including the Form 1040 series of returns) will be Monday, April 18, 2011. The IRS will widely publicize the rule in this notice in affected years to remind the public that the filing deadline is extended.

Related Links:
Who Pays Taxes? Not As Many As You Think NPR.org, April 14, 2010


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