D.C. holiday gives tax-filers extra time

April 15, 2011 at 2:19 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- A holiday in the District of Columbia translates to a three-day grace period for all last-minute U.S. tax filers this year.

D.C. celebrates the Compensated Emancipation Act, which was signed by Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862.

The holiday, observed on Friday if April 16 falls on a Saturday, is meant to celebrate the day Lincoln signed the bill that freed 3,000 slaves in the nation's capital, which is a different event from the national Emancipation Proclamation, The Miami Herald explained.

That pushes everyone's tax deadline to April 18 this year.

That amounts to a blessing for some but a headache for others.

"Now it kills my weekend. I'll be working Saturday and Sunday," certified public accountant Michael Fish of Miami told the newspaper.

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