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Tax season 2022: why is Tax Day on 18 April this year?

The IRS tends to place the deadline for filing your federal tax return on 15 April, but in 2022 Americans have a few days longer than that.

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Internal Revenue Service W-9 tax forms for 2021 arranged in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Refund sizes in some cases have been up by nearly 25% compared with last year due to pandemic relief programs and rising wages. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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The IRS federal tax return deadline tends to be on 15 April, but this year most taxpayers in the United States have until three days after that, 18 April, to file.

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D.C. holiday sees 2022 Tax Day moved back

Why? Because of Emancipation Day, a District of Columbia holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery. This year, it is to be observed on Friday 15 April.

Emancipation Day is usually held on 16 April in D.C., but because that date is a Saturday in 2022, it has been moved to the nearest working day.

Although the holiday is not observed nationwide, the IRS explained in a statement in January: “By law, Washington, D.C., holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way federal holidays do.”

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The tax agency therefore shifted Tax Day back to the next working day, meaning that the majority of filers have until the following Monday to get their 2021 federal return in.

Maine, Massachusetts residents have an extra day

In two states in the US, taxpayers have a little longer than that. In Maine and Massachusetts, the deadline is 19 April, because the Patriots’ Day holiday is celebrated on the 18th in those states.

Tax season: live AS USA coverage

For the latest updates and information on tax season 2022, take a look at AS USA’s daily live blog.

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