The IRS announced a couple of days ago that taxpayers will have until April 17 to file their 2011 tax returns.
Generally if April 15 falls on a weekend, you are given an extra day to file. However, this year April 15 falls on a Sunday and April 16 is Emancipation Day (a holiday observed in the District of Columbia), thus the April 17 deadline.
Taxpayers who file an extension will have until October 15 to complete their tax returns. However, please remember that the extension is an extension to file, not an extension to pay. If you expect to owe taxes, it is recommended that you send in a payment with your extension form to avoid interest and penalties.
The IRS encourages people to file their returns electronically to ensure their returns are accurate and to get their refunds faster. You can start filing your free and e-filed tax returns on January 17, 2012.
Finally, the IRS has been making improvements to the website to help make tax season easier for taxpayers. You can visit the website at www.irs.gov.