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Tax Day Is April 17, 2012 -- but Why?

March 20, 2012
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Whether you are dreading Tax Day, the tax return filing deadline, or looking forward to a sizable return, you need to file a return on time. Thus, you must know when Tax Day falls in 2012. While most know that April 15 is the traditional Tax Day, the fact that April 15, 2012 is a Sunday has thrown things out of whack a little . . . in the procrastinator's favor.

With April 15 being a Sunday, naturally we'd usually look to Monday, April 16, as the default deadline. However, a little-known holiday called Emancipation Day is celebrated in the District of Columbia, and Emancipation Day falls on April 16. Accordingly, this 2012's Tax Day is Tuesday, April 17.

Emancipation Day honors that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, which enabled the release of about 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia, nine months in advance of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was made an official public holiday in D.C. on January 4, 2005, by Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

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