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IRS announces April 17th deadline to file tax returns in 2012

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2012 tax filing season by announcing that taxpayers have until April 17th, 2012 to file their tax returns. This is because April 15th falls on a Sunday and on Monday, April 16th, Washington D.C. celebrates Emancipation Day (we didn't know about it either, but you can learn more by clicking here).

The IRS encourages taxpayers to e-file as it is the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds. The IRS also announced a number of improvements to help make this tax season easy for taxpayers. This includes new navigation features and helpful information on IRS.gov and a new pilot program to allow taxpayers to use interactive video to get help with tax issues.