3 Extra Days to File Your Taxes: Thanks, Um, Slavery

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Procrastinators, take note!

Tax Day, usually set for April 15, has been pushed back until April 18—giving you an additional three days of stalling, foot-dragging, I-don’t-wanna goodness. Can’t you just taste it?

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Funny, it doesn’t feel like liberty and taxes go together.

Usually, Tax Day only gets moved back for reasons like national holidays or extreme weather conditions. But this year, you have President Abraham Lincoln and, erm, slavery to thank for the reprieve.

Not so rad, now is it?

Here’s the story. On April 16, 1862, Lincoln freed the more than 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia. In 2005, D.C. made Emancipation Day a public holiday. But since April 16 falls on a Saturday this year, the holiday got pushed to Friday, April 15. Aaaand, since D.C. is basically closed for business that day, the rest of us get until Monday the 18th to cook our books.

And, if those three glorious extra days aren’t enough, you can buy six more months by filing Form 4686.

How Do We Know All This? Cuz we’re brilliant. Also:

The District of Columbia has all sorts of deets about Emancipation Day, including images of actual emancipation documents.
No seriously, you have until the 18th. Look, we really need to discuss our trust issues.
Type-A folks: Even if you’re on time with your taxes, Uncle Sam may not be. And you don’t know how happy that makes the rest of us.
Emancipation Day buys us procrastinators another day next year, too. It’s like Uncle Sam just knew we needed to reorganize our closet on April 15, 2012.

—Erin Barajas, Serious Coin contributor

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