Tuesday's Top Ten Comics on TAXES
Dear Loyal Royal Readers,
The annual filing deadline for income taxes is fast approaching. This year, however, it is NOT April 15, but April 18. Why the 3-day reprieve?
Because the Washington D.C. observance of Emancipation Day falls on April 15 instead of April 16, Tax Day is moved to the following Monday. The holiday commemorates the day in 1862 that President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, freeing more than 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia. (It was a precursor to the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed over 3 million slaves in several states.)
Hey, thanks very much, D.C.! The rest of us can enjoy another weekend of procastination.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts and Maine celebrate Patriots Day on April 18 this year. That's a state holiday commemorating Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolution in 1775. IRS offices in those two states will be closed so taxpayers won't be able to file their returns by hand, which is required. So people in those two states have until Tuesday, April 19 to file. Not too shabby.
For those still slogging away at their returns, we offer a bit of comic relief with Tuesday's Top Ten Comics on TAXES.