>Most Americans know that April 15th is Tax Day. Sometimes, April 15th falls on a weekend and the citizens get a day or two extra to file their taxes. This year Tax Day is April 18th. That’s right, we get 3 extra days to file our taxes. Why? According to this article on CNN, it’s Emancipation Day in Washington D.C.:
Emancipation Day falls on Sat., April 16, but it is observed in D.C. on Fri., April 15. That prompted the IRS to extend the tax filing deadline to April 18 this year. Under the tax code, filing deadlines can’t fall on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
It’s sad that I didn’t even know such a holiday existed until I started researching why Tax Day was moved. I am a little annoyed that the rest of the country doesn’t get to take the day off though. Shouldn’t Emancipation Day be celebrated everywhere? I know it specifically exists in DC because the proclamation by Lincoln was for the district, but it just seems that we as a nation should have a national day of remembrance for such a monumental time in our history when we as a people moved forward in our humanity.