It’s a good year for those who leave their taxes to the last minute. You’re getting a two-day reprieve. Tax-day fell on a weekend which pushes the deadline back, but there is a holiday in the District of Columbia, where the IRS is headquartered, which is pushing “Tax Day” to Tuesday, April 17th.
April 15 fell on a weekend and when that happens, the official filing deadline is the Monday following. However, Monday, April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. It marks the day that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, which freed over 3,000 slaves in DC.
If you need to contact the IRS on Monday, they will have staff available, despite the holiday in the District of Columbia.
If you still aren’t ready to file your taxes by Tuesday, you can file a six-month extension to avoid a late-filing penalty – which means you will have to have your taxes filed by October 15, 2018.