2011 Tax Deadline
April 13, 2011 by USA Post
2011 Tax Deadline, The family April 15 deadline for filing federal and state tax is three days later this year thanks to a little-known holiday celebrated in the District of Columbia, called Emancipation Day.
It marks the day that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Act in 1862 offset, which freed about 3,100 slaves in the district. Typically, the holiday is recognized on April 16, but when it falls on a Saturday, like this year, is observed on Friday. Under tax law, the District of Columbia holidays are considered holidays, prompting the IRS to move the deadline to 18 April.
John Kasperek, owner of Manchester & Accounting Kasperek Co., said about half of his customers knew the deadline had been pushed back and the other half did not.
“I do not think it had a big impact on people’s decision making process, because when we decided to present,” said Kasperek. “It really helps us more than anything, because it has given a little more breathing room.”
Kasperek said it was the fact that the IRS will not accept tax returns until February 14 that is having a greater impact than an extension.
“Could not start the presentation of up to two weeks later, so it created this sense of urgency,” said Kasperek.
Poor Linda, owner of a franchise office of Liberty Tax Service, said that while some of their clients knew about the extension of the deadline, many did not know the reason.
“Everyone is putting off,” he said. “We’ll know for sure how many people really know about extending the deadline on Saturday and Monday.”
The IRS estimates that 20 to 25 percent of all taxpayers to wait to file until the last two weeks of tax season and about percent request extensions of six months to come.
Taxpayers seeking extensions to file Form electronically through e-file, ask your tax preparer to submit the payment form or mail a hard copy to the IRS.
“Normally, and costs between 50 and 60 and submit an extension through a tax preparer, but as everyone is in an economically difficult year, we are offering the free service,” the poor.
She said the IRS is encouraging taxpayers to file electronically. In fact, he said, if customers ask their taxes are submitted on paper rather than electronically, their coaches have to answer a series of questions why.
“The IRS is really disappointing because the presentation of each paper statement mailed, must have one of its key employees in all information” he said. “It’s more profitable to the IRS if the forms are filed electronically, and, like any other business, is trying to save money. However, some people just do not feel comfortable with the presentation on the computer.”
Michael Devine, IRS spokesman for Missouri and Kansas, said that as of April 90 percent of all returns filed in Missouri have been filed electronically.
“E-filing is the best way to file, and is the most accurate,” he said. “You will not miss a credit if the e-file, and if you use direct deposit, you will receive your refund within days or less.
Valerie Hughes, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service St. Louis, said that due to the decrease in the number of paper returns, all offices of the St. Louis area, keep post office hours on 18 April. The only exception is the main post office in Market St.; workers have parked on the street picking up the returns so that people do not have to leave their cars.
“We have had many hours in our post office the last couple of years because fewer people are sending their statements, and the postal service is facing financial difficulties,” he said.
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