Monday, April 11, 2011

Taxes are due in one week!

Don’t forget, if you live in the US, the income tax filing deadline this year is April 18, which is one week from today!  And no, I’m not playing a prank on you, trying to get you to file your taxes late; I know that tax day is usually April 15, but I’m being serious!  The deadline this year is April 18.  *Honest!*

 Do NOT mess with these bitches

Why the change for this year only?  (read: The Billy Blog will not be held responsible for you thinking you will be able to file your taxes on April 18 every year)

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed approximately 3100 slaves in the District of Columbia nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued (which, of course, didn’t actually free any slaves in the Union slave states, but declared the permanent freedom of slaves in all areas of the Confederacy that had not returned to Union control).  One interesting note about the Compensated Emancipation Act, which paid an average of about $300 to slave owners for each of the freed slaves, is that it is the only instance in the US in which the federal government provided direct compensation to slave owners for the forced emancipation of slaves.

In commemoration of the Compensated Emancipation Act, on January 4, 2005, Mayor Anthony Williams signed legislation making Emancipation Day an official public holiday in the District of Columbia.  While Emancipation Day is celebrated on April 16, by law when April 16 falls on a Saturday, it is observed the previous Friday.  And by law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same fashion as federal holidays, so, all taxpayers will have an extra three days to file.  I know a lot of you are going to use every last extra minute to put off those taxes even longer!  Just make sure the envelope is postmarked by the 18th
 This postmark is not dated, so if the IRS didn't
receive your taxes prior to the deadline,
you'd owe your ass!
even if you were in North Borneo.


  1. That a weird work around, but I already got my taxes done!

  2. Abraham Lincoln: Socialist who was no doubt planning a government takeover of the slave sector of our economy. Seriously though, 300 smackers a slave? It's no wonder this guy had to try to implement an income tax.

  3. Well that's okay if the date has been moved back, but I'd still prefer to get it done before last possible date myself.

  4. slaves 150 years ago, sounds almost surreal.

  5. I usually file early, but have been such a bum this year dealing with being out of work. Gotta get em done this week.

  6. Ahhh taxes, the laymans bane.

    Thank god I don't have to pay them at the moment =D

  7. i'll have to pay them for the first time this year :x