Since we are only a few days into the new year, it’s still probably too early for many of us to consider filing 2011 tax returns, even though the 2012 tax season began on January 1st. Every year in the past few years, I waited until the last day to mail out our tax forms. This year, I will likely do the same because it looks like we will again owe taxes to the IRS.
The last day to file taxes is usually April 15th, but do you know when is the 2012 tax due date for your 2011 income taxes? Well, if you are one of those who always file taxes on the due date, or for whatever reason, could use a few extra days to prepare your taxes, there’s a good news this year. The IRS yesterday announced the 2012 tax deadline to file 2011 tax returns and we all get an extension automatically, because this year April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Monday is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington D.C. that celebrates the freeing of slaves in the district. thanks to a holiday in D.C which happens to be on Friday April 15th this year. So the new 2012 tax day for filing 2011 Federal income tax returns is April 17, 2012. That’s the last day to file your 2011 income taxes.
Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17, to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Monday, April 16. According to federal law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have two extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 15 to file their 2012 tax returns.
Isn’t this nice?
If you anticipate a refund, the sooner you file, the earlier you will receive your refund. The IRS will begin accepting e-file and Free File returns on January 17th.
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