If you haven't done your taxes yet, don't panic. We've got a few extra days this year. Here's why:
Tax Day is usually April 15th, which is today, but only if it falls on a weekday. Since the 15th is a Saturday, that means Monday would be the deadline. But we actually get one EXTRA day this time.
Tax Day is not until Tuesday the 18th this year, because Monday is a holiday in D.C. It's Emancipation Day, the anniversary of when slavery ended in the District of Columbia.
It happened April 16th, 1862, eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation. Since it falls on a Sunday this year, it's celebrated on Monday. And all Americans get one more day to file their taxes, or ask for an extension.
A poll for tax season found about half of us are doing our own taxes this year. 48% said just thinking about them can be headache-inducing.
If you file electronically with no red flags, and choose direct deposit, the IRS says you should get your refund within three weeks.
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