The reason for the extension? This year, April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Monday is Emancipation Day, a Washington, D.C. holiday that celebrates the freeing of slaves in the District of Columbia.
The IRS will begin accepting e-file tax returns on January 17, 2012. If you need an extension, you have until October 15, 2012 to file your 2011 return. However, any estimated taxes due still need to be paid by April 17, 2012.
For the first time, the IRS is offering virtual assistance to taxpayers via two-way videoconferencing from 10 select IRS offices, including one in Laguna Niguel (24000 Avila Rd.).
The IRS has also unveiled an app that lets taxpayers check on the status of their refund and receive tax information. Called IRS2Go, the free app is available for iPhone users from the Apple App Store and for Android users at the Android Marketplace.
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