Taxpayers get three extra days to file 2010 returns

Tue Jan 4, 2011 4:50pm EST
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Who says taxpayers never get a break? They will have three extra days to finish their returns for 2010, the Internal Revenue Service said on Tuesday.

Taxpayers can file returns by April 18 instead of the normal April 15, the IRS said, an act of generosity spurred by Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falling on the 15th this year.

"By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do," the IRS said.

The extra time will also apply to taxpayers requesting an extension, who will have until October 17 to file.

The IRS said it expects to receive more than 140 million individual tax returns in 2011.

The IRS announcement on Tuesday also gave details of what had already been widely reported -- and is not good news for taxpayers who had planned to file well before the deadline and collect a refund.

That development is that "tax law changes enacted by Congress and signed by President (Barack) Obama in December mean some people need to wait until mid- to late February to file their tax returns in order to give the IRS time to reprogram its processing systems."

Included are taxpayers who itemize deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A.

(Reporting by Jerry Norton; Editing by Greg McCune and Peter Bohan)

<p>A man holds his envelopes as he waits in line to mail his family's income tax returns at a mobile post office near the Internal Revenue Service building in downtown Washington, April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst</p>