Tax filing deadline pushed back

A similar situation occurred in 2011, when Emancipation Day was observed on April 15, a Friday, and Tax Day was delayed until April 18.

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In its Wednesday announcement, the IRS also continued its push for taxpayers to file electronically, and said it had implemented other features to smooth out the filing process.

“At the IRS, we’re working hard to make the process of filing your taxes as quick and easy as possible,” Doug Shulman, the IRS commissioner, said in a statement. “Providing quality service is one of our top priorities. It not only reduces the burden on taxpayers, but also helps in filing an accurate return right from the start.”