Tax Day! Find Post Offices open late, take a look at how your tax dollars are spent, and hey, isn’t today the 18th?

Taxes need to be postmarked today

Here’s a link to the US Postal Service page for tax time info including a list of post offices open late tonight.

And here’s are some really nice interactive info/graphics that show how your federal tax dollars are spent.

And why is Tax Day the 18th this year?

In 2011, Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on April 15, a day earlier than normal, since April 16 falls on a Saturday. Emancipation Day marks the anniversary of the day that President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act. The Act, which was “for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia,” freed 3,100 slaves in the District, making DC residents the “first freed” by the federal government. In 2005, Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday in the District of Columbia.

In observance of the DC holiday, basically a local holiday for the federal government, Tax Day will be moved forward one business day, this year landing it on Monday, April 18. That’s the date your form has to be either submitted electronically or postmarked by for your tax return to be considered timely filed by the IRS.

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