Emancipation Day

Thanks to a little known holiday, Americans have until Tuesday, April 18, to file their income taxes.

The IRS filing deadline fell on Saturday, April 15, so the IRS pushed the deadline to Tuesday, in observance of Emancipation Day which falls on Monday, April 17.

Emancipation Day is a holiday that gets very little attention in America (especially under the Obama administration), because it celebrates the end of slavery in the District of Columbia on April 16, 1862.

Emancipation Day is officially observed only in Washington, D.C.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in the south as of Jan. 1, 1863.

Late filers and procrastinators have a little breathing room if you’re still resting or working off your Easter Sunday meal.