Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17, to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Monday, April 16. According to federal law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have two extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 15 to file their 2011 tax returns.
The IRS began accepting e-file and Free File returns in mid-January.
Taxpayer Assistance from the IRS
The IRS also announced a number of improvements to help make this tax season easier for taxpayers. This includes new navigation features and helpful information on IRS.gov, and a new pilot to allow taxpayers to use interactive video to get help with tax issues (the IRS is conducting a limited roll out of this new video conferencing technology at 10 IRS offices and two other sites, and may expand to further sites in the future).