IRS Sets April 18 as Tax Deadline

January 5, 2022

The IRS recently announced that taxpayers will have until April 18, 2022, to file and pay income taxes or to request an automatic six-month extension. The reason for the delay is due to a holiday recognized in Washington, D.C., Emancipation Day.

Emancipation Day is recognized on April 16 each year by Washington, D.C. When that date falls on a Saturday, it is recognized on Friday, and city and federal offices close. When it falls on a Sunday, the holiday is recognized on the next Monday. Because April 16 falls on a Saturday this year, the IRS and other city and federal offices will be closed on April 15.

Two states, Maine and Massachusetts, will have until April 19 to file and pay taxes this year, because they recognize a holiday, Patriots’ Day, on April 18. The holiday is also recognized by other states but does not necessarily affect tax deadlines.