Taxpayers Have Until April 17 to File and Pay

Taxpayers Have Until April 17 to File and Pay

Taxpayers across the nation will have until Tuesday, April 17, 2007, to file their 2006 returns and pay any taxes due, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

Taxpayers will have extra time to file and pay because April 15 falls on a Sunday in 2007, and the following day, Monday, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

“This year, taxpayers have additional time to file and pay beyond the traditional April 15 deadline,” said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. “As we always do, we encourage taxpayers to get an early start on their taxes to make sure they have plenty of time to accurately prepare their return.”

This means the entire country has an April 17 deadline. Previously, the April 17 deadline applied just to individuals in the District of Columbia and six eastern states who are served by an IRS processing facility in Massachusetts, where Patriots Day will be observed on April 16.

The April 17, 2007 deadline will apply to any of the following:

  • 2006 federal individual income tax returns, whether filed electronically or on paper.
  • Requests for an automatic six-month tax-filing extension, whether submitted electronically or on Form 4868.
  • The tax year 2006 balance due to payments, whether made electronically (direct debit or credit card) or by check.
  • Tax-year 2006 contributions to a Roth or traditional IRA.
  • Individual estimated tax payments for the first quarter of 2007, whether made electronically or by check.
  • Individual refund claims for the tax year 2003, where the regular three-year statute of limitations is expiring.

Other tax-filing and payment requirements affected by this change are described in IRS Publication 509, Tax Calendars for 2007, available on this Web site.

Most taxpayers will not have to change their plans in response to this announcement. Three out of four individual filers get refunds. Typically, returns claiming refunds are filed early in the tax season.

By law, filing and payment deadlines that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday are timely satisfied if met on the next business day. Under a federal statute enacted decades ago, holidays observed in the District of Columbia have an impact nationwide on tax issues, not just in D.C. Under recently-enacted city legislation, April 16 is a holiday in the District of Columbia. Officials recently became aware of the intersection of the national filing day and the local observance of the new Emancipation Day holiday after most forms and publications for the current tax filing season went to print.

Even with the extra time, taxpayers can skip the last-minute rush and avoid needless mistakes by filing early, taking advantage of the speed and convenience of electronic filing, choosing direct deposit for any refunds and paying any taxes due by direct debit or credit card.

Why are taxpayers getting extra time to file and pay?

Taxpayers will have extra time to file and pay because April 15 falls on a Sunday in 2007, and the following day, Monday, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

By law, filing and payment deadlines that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday are timely satisfied if met on the next business day. Under a federal statute enacted decades ago, holidays observed in the District of Columbia have an impact nationwide, not just in D.C. Under recently enacted city legislation, April 16 is a holiday in the District of Columbia. The IRS recently became aware of the intersection of the national filing day and the local observance of the new Emancipation Day holiday after most forms and publications for the current tax filing season went to print.

Individuals in the District of Columbia, as well as in six eastern states, already had an April 17 filing date prior to this announcement because they are served by an IRS processing facility in Massachusetts, where Patriots Day will be observed on April 16. These individuals are still required to file on April 17.

Will the IRS be open on April 16?

Yes. Emancipation Day is not a federal holiday. Accordingly, IRS offices will be open, as usual, on April 16.

My IRS tax instructions say I should file by April 16, 2007. Is this correct?

This is not correct. At the time these instructions were approved for printing, IRS believed it was correct. Thus, any IRS form, instruction or publication that currently shows an “April 16, 2007” due date should now be read as “April 17, 2007.”

Who is eligible to take advantage of this provision?

Anyone who previously qualified for the April 16, 2007 deadline for filing a return, making a payment or deposit, requesting an extension or performing an act provided for under the Internal Revenue Code. Publication 509, Tax Calendars for 2007, lists many of the actions affected by this provision. This publication can be found on the IRS Web site.

Individuals in the District of Columbia, as well as in six eastern states already had an April 17 filing date prior to this announcement because they are served by an IRS processing facility in Massachusetts, where Patriots Day will be observed on April 16. These individuals are still required to file on April 17.

Among the IRS actions that qualify for the new April 17 deadline are:

  • Calendar-year 2006 federal individual income tax returns, whether filed electronically or on paper (Forms 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ).
  • Requests for an automatic six-month tax-filing extension on an individual return for calendar-year 2006, whether submitted electronically or on Form 4868.
  • Tax-year 2006 balance-due payments, whether made electronically (direct debit or credit card) or by check.
  • For calendar-year taxpayers, individual estimated tax payments for the first quarter of 2007, whether made electronically or by check. In rare cases, estimated tax payments for the second, third and fourth quarters may be affected for individuals operating on a fiscal year that is not a calendar year.
  • Individual refund claims for the tax year 2003, where the regular three-year statute of limitations is expiring.
  • For calendar-year taxpayers, tax-year 2006 contributions to a Roth or traditional IRA.
  • Corporation income tax returns, including S corporations (Forms 1120, 1120-A and 1120S) for a fiscal year ending on Jan. 31, 2007, and any balance due.
  • For a calendar-year corporation, the estimated tax payment for the first quarter of 2007. In some cases, estimated tax payments for the second, third and fourth quarters may be affected for corporations operating on a fiscal year that is not a calendar year.
  • Calendar-year estate and trust income tax returns (Form 1041) and any balance due.
  • For calendar-year estates and trusts, the estimated tax payment for the first quarter of 2007. In some cases, estimated tax payments for the second, third and fourth quarters may be affected for estates and trusts operating on a fiscal year that is not a calendar year.
  • Calendar-year 2006 partnership returns (Form 1065).
  • Annual information returns (Form 990) and unrelated business income tax returns (Form 990-T) for tax-exempt organizations with a fiscal year ending on Nov. 30, 2006.
  • Calendar-year 2006 Form 990-T for certain employee trusts, retirement plans and education savings plans.
  • Extension requests for any return.
  • The March tax deposit for employers (generally, small businesses) required to deposit withholding taxes on a monthly basis.
  • Withholding-tax deposits for larger employers, subject to the next-day deposit rule.

Other actions affected by this provision can be found in Pub. 509.

Will the April 17 deadline be the same in 2008?

No. Because of the calendar, there will not be a conflict involving Emancipation Day next year. April 15 is on Tuesday in 2008, so the normal deadline will apply. The next year that Emancipation Day could affect filing deadlines is 2011.