Rare Holiday Confluence Yields 3-Day Reprieve for U.S. Taxpayers

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Next year, at least for tax purposes, April 15 will be held on April 18.

The annual tax-filing deadline in 2016 will be three days later than usual, the Internal Revenue Service announced on Tuesday.

What happened?

April 16 is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., commemorating the day in 1862 when Abraham Lincoln signed a law freeing slaves in the nation’s capital. D.C. residents don’t get a vote in Congress, but their local holidays transform into national holidays for tax purposes.

In 2016, April 16 is a Saturday, which means D.C. will celebrate Emancipation Day on the 15th. That moves the individual tax filing deadline to the next available business day -- April 18.

For residents of Maine and Massachusetts, the news is even better -- because of another local holiday. April 18 is Patriots’ Day, a celebration of the Revolutionary War battles at Lexington and Concord.

To Mainers and Bay Staters, April 15 will be April 19.

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