2012 Tax Deadline
Update: this post is a bit out of date, so here are details on this year’s tax deadline.
Take note that the 2012 tax deadline (for your 2011 taxes) will be Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
Why isn’t April 15 the IRS tax deadline for filing, like it is most years?
April 15, 2012 falls on a Sunday. Since there is no mail service to postmark returns on Sunday, it pushes the deadline forward to Monday. However, that Monday is Emancipation Day – an observed holiday in the District of Columbia. Emancipation Day marks the day of the year (April 16) to observe President Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act – a law that freed 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia.
D.C. holidays, by law, are treated the same as federal holidays in how they impact tax deadlines, and the tax filing deadline cannot be a holiday. If you remember, Emancipation Day also extended the 2011 tax deadline as well – to the following Monday.
As a result, the 2012 tax deadline falls on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
When is the Tax Filing Extension Date?
If you need to request a tax filing extension, you must file IRS Form 4868 by April 17, 2012. The deadline for extended tax filing is October 15, 2012.
What is the Tax Deadline?
Remember that the tax filing deadline is simply the date you must either postmark or efile by. It is not the date the IRS must receive your tax return.
The IRS begins accepting efile and freefile returns January 17, so you might as well get started!
If you are a late starter, what should you do? E-File and do your own taxes. The best Efile methods are Turbotax and H&R Block. They both have free federal efiling.
There you hate it, a bit of a history lesson, and some pertinent tax filing information.