All area post offices will be open normal business hours on Tax Day. They will NOT be open late for income tax posting.
HOLT, Fla., April 16, 2018–It’s time to pay Uncle Sam again.
However, Tax Day this year is April 17 instead of the traditional April 15.
Usually, if April 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, Tax Day falls to the next non-holiday business day.
This year, April 15 is a Sunday, but Monday is a holiday in the District of Columbia.
Washington, D.C., celebrates Emancipation Day on the weekday nearest to April 16, which is Monday and is a holiday for the District.
Washington businesses are closed on Emancipation Day and because of a federal statute enacted decades ago, District holidays have an impact nationwide. That’s why Tax Day is April 17.
Origins of the federal income tax
However, the federal tax due date wasn’t always in April.
The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which gives the U.S. Congress the right to collect taxes from individuals, set March 1 as the due date.
Then Congress pushed the date to March 15 until the tax overhaul in 1954 when the date was changed to April 15.
According to an article on the Library of Congress website:
The origin of the income tax on individuals is generally cited as the passage of the 16th Amendment, passed by Congress on July 2, 1909, and ratified Feb. 3, 1913.
However, its history actually goes back even further.
During the Civil War, Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1861 which included a tax on personal incomes to help pay war expenses. The tax was repealed 10 years later.
However, in 1894 Congress enacted a flat rate federal income tax which was ruled unconstitutional the following year by the U.S. Supreme Court because it was a direct tax not apportioned according to the population of each state.
The 16th Amendment, ratified in 1913, removed this objection by allowing the federal government to tax the income of individuals without regard to the population of each State.
Taxpayers have two days of grace this year to get their taxes together and mailed–or e-filed–by midnight April 17.
Just remember, all area post offices will NOT be open past normal operating hours on Tax Day. The closest post office with extended hours is Jacksonville, Fla., and they’re only open until 9 p.m.