The IRS announced yesterday that April 17, not 15, is this year’s tax deadline. Why? April 15 falls on a Sunday and April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. The deadline applies to 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.
Remember, just because you have an extra day, doesn’t mean you have to use it.—MEGHANN MARCO