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Tax day moves to April 17

Those who have not yet completed their federal income tax forms have a couple of extra days this year, thanks to April 15 falling on a Sunday and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Monday, April 16. The deadline mark to file with the Internal Revenue Service is Tuesday, April 17. Those who need to file an extension to allow them time to pay their taxes also must file this paperwork by April 17. This will give them until Oct. 15 to file returns. Most Americans have to inform the IRS of income they received in 2011 and will pay more tax or get a refund. Veterans, retirees and some low-income families do not have to file a tax return unless they wish to qualify for income subsidies. Others may wait until the last moment to file their tax return and pay any money they owe. Income tax returns may be filed on paper or electronically. The IRS encourages taxpayers to e-file as it is the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds. Next year, taxpayers will again set their sights on April 15, which will fall on a Monday in 2013.

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