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IRS Extends Tax Filing Deadline

by Leroy Baker, Tax-News.com, New York

26 January 2007


Taxpayers across the US will have until Tuesday, April 17, 2007, to file their 2006 returns and pay any taxes due, the Internal Revenue Service has announced.

Taxpayers will have extra time to file and pay because April 15 falls on a Sunday in 2007, and the following day, Monday, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

This means the entire country has an April 17 deadline. Previously, the April 17 deadline applied just to individuals in the District of Columbia and six eastern states who are served by an IRS processing facility in Massachusetts, where Patriots Day will be observed on April 16.

“This year, taxpayers have additional time to file and pay beyond the traditional April 15 deadline,” announced IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson, adding: “As we always do, we encourage taxpayers to get an early start on their taxes to make sure they have plenty of time to accurately prepare their return.”

The April 17, 2007 deadline will apply to any of the following:

  • 2006 federal individual income tax returns, whether filed electronically or on paper.
  • Requests for an automatic six-month tax-filing extension, whether submitted electronically or on Form 4868.
  • Tax year 2006 balance due payments, whether made electronically (direct debit or credit card) or by check.
  • Tax-year 2006 contributions to a Roth or traditional IRA.
  • Individual estimated tax payments for the first quarter of 2007, whether made electronically or by check.
  • Individual refund claims for tax year 2003, where the regular three-year statute of limitations is expiring.

Most taxpayers will not have to change their plans in response to this announcement. Three out of four individual filers get refunds. Typically, returns claiming refunds are filed early in the tax season.

By law, filing and payment deadlines that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday are timely satisfied if met on the next business day. Under a federal statute enacted decades ago, holidays observed in the District of Columbia have impact nationwide on tax issues, not just in D.C.


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