U.S. taxpayers get three extra days to file 2010 returns

Tue Jan 4, 2011 2:49pm EST
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WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!) - 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.

(Reporting by Jerry Norton; Editing by Greg McCune)