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When are taxes due in 2017?

2017 Taxes due date changed

For procrastinators everywhere, April 15th is a date burned into our minds as the final deadline to file our taxes or pay what we owe for the last year if we got an extension to finish the paperwork. But this year, 2017, the due date for taxes has been extended.

Instead, citizens have until April 18th to file their taxes, giving you more time to do it right and make sure you get the most out of your tax filing.

[Read more: Tips for the the 2017 Tax Season]

Why was the 2017 tax deadline changed?

The reason the tax deadline was changed this year was because the 15th falls on a Saturday this year, and the tax deadline is always postponed when it falls on a weekend or legal holiday.

It’s not set on the 16th because not only is it a weekend, but this date is also usually celebrated as Emancipation Day in Washington D.C., marking Lincoln’s April 16, 1862 signing of a law freeing slaves there.

While Emancipation Day is normally celebrated on April 16, this month it will be legally celebrated on April 17. And since tax-filing deadlines can’t be held on legal holidays, the date is once again pushed back.

Finally, Tuesday, April 18 is the official tax deadline this year. Be sure to get those taxes filed before then. If you need any assistance, feel free to check out the Taxes category of our blog, or take a look at these helpful resources. We’re always happy to help!