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IRS announces April 15 tax filing deadline pushed back to April 18 PDF Print E-mail

The IRS has announced that taxpayers will have three extra days, until April 18, to file their 2010 tax returns.

The reason the deadline has been pushed back is because of Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia. This year, Emancipation Day falls on Friday, April 15.

By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do. A holiday that falls on a Friday carries over through the weekend; therefore, all taxpayers will have until Monday, April 18 to file or postmark their returns.

Taxpayers requesting an automatic six-month extension to file via Form 4868 will also need to have this request in by the 18th. The extension will give them until Oct. 17 to file their 2010 tax returns.

The IRS expects to receive more than 140 million individual tax returns this year, with most of those being filed by the April 18 deadline.

As always, the IRS encourages taxpayers to electronically file their tax returns. Taxpayers may even qualify for free return preparation and electronic filing directly through the IRS web site. Check out the links for FreeFile and E-File on irs.gov.