The Internal Revenue Service has confirmed that the deadline for filing 2010 federal income tax returns will be extended to Monday, April 18, 2011. The extension is being applied because the traditional tax deadline of April 15 falls on the Emancipation Day holiday, a holiday observed only in the District of Columbia. As you might expect, many D.C. residents will celebrate Emancipation Day by pointing out that while they pay federal taxes, they are not represented by a voting member of Congress.
"By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have three extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 17 to file their 2010 tax returns," stated the IRS.