Taxes for 2011 are almost due. As always, the IRS tax filing deadline for 2012 is April 15th, only it isn’t.
April 15th is a Sunday and taxes are not due on weekends, especially Sundays. You don’t expect government bureaucrats to work on the weekend, do you? Not to mention, you can’t get a postmark on Sunday because the Post Office is closed.
So, your taxes should be due on April 16th, but they aren’t due then either.
Just like last year, the Monday your taxes would normally be due on is a holiday. It isn’t a Federal holiday, but it is a holiday in Washington D.C. and when it comes to the Internal Revenue Service, the holiday schedule includes those D.C. holidays.
After all of that, it comes down to for 2012 taxes are due on Tuesday April 17th. Technically, of course, that means that your taxes must be postmarked by midnight April 17th. As always, there will be certain post offices open late, some until midnight, where you can mail your taxes right up to the deadline and still get that all important postmark.
If you don’t file your taxes on time, you’ll owe penalties and interest. If you don’t pay your taxes, it’s the same story. Don’t forget, though that you can get a free, no questions asked, automatic filing extension just by filling out the form and mailing it in by the same due date as your regular income taxes. So mail your 2011 tax return or your extension request by April 17, 2012.