Why is Tax Day on April 18?

Thanks to Washington, D.C., the deadline for filing your federal taxes this year will be April 18 – three days later than we’re used to. April 16 is a recognized holiday: Emancipation Day. It commemorates the end of slavery in our nation’s capital.

Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, freeing slaves in the District of Columbia. Typically, Emancipation Day is celebrated annually on April 16, but since the day falls on a weekend this year, D.C. will observe the holiday on Friday, April 15 instead.

So while D.C. participates in its annual celebration, complete with a parade, fireworks and school and government closings, we’ll be working to make sure tax day runs smoothly.

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