Don’t forget to file

HOLT, Fla., April 17, 2017–This year’s tax day falls three days after the normal April 15 filing deadline.

If it seems odd for it to be three days later than normal, it’s the way the calendar fell this year with a little help from a local Washington holiday.

Normally, when tax day falls on a weekend, the deadline to file taxes shifts to the following Monday. This year April 15 fell on a Saturday.

However, tax day was pushed to Tuesday because the nation’s capital celebrates Emancipation Day on April 16, which fell on a Sunday, so that recognition day got pushed to Monday. In turn, tax day was pushed to Tuesday.

Emancipation Day is a local Washington holiday to celebrate the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 which ended slavery in the District of Columbia. The act freed more than 3,000 slaves in D.C. only. The Thirteenth Amendment ended slavery for the rest of the United States after the end of the Civil War in 1865.

Because local government offices were closed Monday, tax day got pushed to the right on the calendar giving people an extra three days to file their taxes.

Bottom line: Tax returns must be post marked by before midnight April 18 unless an extension has been filed.

Stephanie Holcombe

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