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April 17, 2012

It's Emancipation Day — Or, why federal income taxes aren't due until today

1040asamaze

OK, April 15 was a Sunday so obviously tax day wouldn't be then but why weren't they due yesterday?

Made no sense to me until I learned that yesterday was a holiday — Emancipation Day — observed only in Washington, D.C., where on April 16, 1862, slaves were emancipated from bondage in the District of Columbia.

Wrote Mark Trumbull on CSMonitor.com, "The district's celebration doesn't make it a federal holiday, but the Internal Revenue Service says that 'according to federal law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way federal holidays do.'"

So there you have it.

[cartoon up top by Jeff Parker via The Summa]

April 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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oooohhhh. Thanks, I was wondering about that too.

Posted by: tamra | Apr 17, 2012 1:33:52 AM

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