MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After the New Year, it’s never too early to talk about filing your taxes. And this year you’ll get some extra time to get that important paperwork filed.

The IRS announced Tuesday that taxpayers will have until April 18 to file their 2010 tax returns.

Why the extension? Because of a holiday observed in the District of Columbia.

April 16 is Emancipation Day, an observed holiday in D.C. This year, that date falls on a Saturday, so the holiday is taken on Friday, April 15. By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way as federal holidays.

So this will give taxpayers an extra three days to file this year.

In 2005, Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday in the District of Columbia. The tax deadline extension also happened in 2007 because of Emancipation Day, giving taxpayers two extra days before the deadline.

Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 17 to file their 2010 tax returns.

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

WCCO-TV’s Amelia Santaniello Reports


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