Why Americans will have a few extra days to file their taxes – NBC Chicago

April 15 is a day that many Americans dread, as it represents the traditional deadline for individuals to file their federal and state income tax returns.

That’s not always the case, however, and it’s not this year either.

While most Americans will have filed their taxes by April 15 anyway, that’s not the filing deadline this year. Instead, the vast majority of Americans will be required to file their taxes by Monday, April 18.

So why is tax day early this year?

The answer has to do with a holiday observed in Washington, D.C. Emancipation Day, a holiday celebrating the freeing of slaves in the nation’s capital, is celebrated either on April 16 or on years when that date falls on a weekend. -end, it is marked on the day of the week closest to this date.

Federal employees get a day off, including at the Internal Revenue Service.

This year, April 16 falls on a Saturday, which means the nearest weekday is April 15.and of the month. As a result, the deadline for filing tax returns has been extended to April 18.

In 2023, the tax deadline will move forward again, as April 15 and 16 will fall on a weekend. Employees in Washington, DC will have the day off on April 17, and therefore the deadline will again fall on April 18.

According to the federal government, there are residents of two different states who will actually have until April 19 to file their taxes. These residents would normally file on the 18thandbut since this is the day Patriots Day is observed in both states, their deadline will be extended to the 19thand in place.

The next time the tax deadline will fall on April 15 is in 2024, when the date falls on a Monday. As a result, Emancipation Day will be celebrated on its usual date of April 16.

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