For US expats: tax filing deadline is 18 April

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The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds taxpayers that the filing deadline for all tax forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15, 2011 will be Monday, April 18, 2011.

When a filing deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, a return is considered timely filed if filed on the next succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

Because Emancipation Day (April 16) is a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, in certain years it will have implications for taxpayers nationwide with respect to the filing deadlines for all federal tax forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15, including the Form 1040 series tax returns.

In 2011, Emancipation Day falls on a Saturday. As a result, it is observed on the preceding Friday (April 15); consequently, the filing deadline for all federal tax forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15 (including the Form 1040 series of returns), is Monday, April 18.

In future years, should Emancipation Day fall on a Sunday, then the following Monday (April 17) would be the observed date and the filing deadline for all federal tax forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15, would be Tuesday, April 18. If it should fall on a Monday, then that Monday (April 16) would be the holiday and the filing deadline for all federal forms and payments required to be filed or completed on or before April 15, would be Tuesday, April 17.

Most, but not all, states also extend the filing deadline when Emancipation Day creates a federal holiday on what would normally be the filing deadline for state forms and payments.

Source: Notice 2011-17, Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-10, dated March 7, 2011

For Notice 2011-017, see http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-11-17.pdf

2 Comments To This Article

  • Al Weidinger, CPA posted:

    on 20th April 2011, 00:21:38 - Reply

    The title of your message is misleading. April 18 isn't the filing deadline for US expats. If you are a United States citizen or resident alien, who is either: (1) living outside of the United States and Puerto Rico and your main place of business or post of duty is outside of the United States and Puerto Rico; or (2) in military or naval services on duty outside of the United States and Puerto Rico on the due date of your return, you are allowed an automatic 2-month extension until June 15 to file your return and pay any tax due. For additional information refer to Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. If you use this automatic 2-month extension, you must attach a statement to your return explaining which of the two situations qualify you for the extension.
  • Vincenzo Villamena posted:

    on 11th March 2011, 18:34:06 - Reply

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