Tax Day 2016: Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Deadline

Tax Day 2016: Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Deadline
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Tax Day, one of the most feared and dreaded days on America's national calendar, is fast approaching, but filing your taxes doesn't have to be as scary as it seems! Here's everything you need to know about Tax Day 2016.

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When is Tax Day? For starters, this year Tax Day is April 18 — which is a little unusual. According to Efile.com, "The regular tax return filing deadline is April 15. However, due to the Washington D.C. Emancipation Day holiday being observed on April 15 instead of April 16, 2016, Tax Day is on the following Monday." This year you've got an extra couple days before Tax Day, so make the most of it!

A sample W-2 form.
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What's due on Tax Day? April 18 marks the due date for federal income tax returns. If you need more time and are filing for an extension, April 18 is your due date for applying for that too — unless you live in Maine or Massachusetts, where the deadline for extensions is April 19. April 18 is also the deadline for most state income tax returns and extensions.

If you're confused about what, exactly, you need to file, the IRS maintains a database of FAQs on its official website. Good luck out there this Tax Day, citizens!