Friday, November 6, 2015

Tax Day Is Not April 15th, Not in 2016 Anyway

Procrastinators, listen up.

You get three extra days to gather your paperwork and file your federal tax return in 2016. The tax deadline is April 18, 2016.

You can thank Washington, D.C., for the gift. Washington will celebrate Emancipation Day on April 15. The day is treated as a federal holiday, so federal offices – read IRS – will be closed.

Emancipation Day typically is celebrated on April 16. It’s the day President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a bill ending slavery in Washington, D.C. April 16 falls on a Saturday in 2016, so Emancipation Day will be celebrated on April 15.

So.... Tax Day will be pushed back to April 18, 2016.

That doesn’t mean you have to wait until April 18 to visit our office, though.

In Massachusetts & Maine, Patriots' Day is observed on April 18, 2016. Patriots' Day is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts and Maine, and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin.

Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long
weekend, as well as being the first day of public school vacation week in Maine and Massachusetts. Previously, it had been designated as April 19, the actual anniversary of the battles.

Patriots' Day is also a school holiday for many local colleges and universities, both public and private. In Maine and Massachusetts, when Patriots' Day falls on a day where income tax returns would otherwise be due for the remainder of the country, residents of those states are given until midnight of the next day (Tuesday) to submit their state tax returns.

So.... Tax Day will be pushed back to April 19, 2016 in Massachusetts & Maine.

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