- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mark your calendars: Next year, Tax Day falls on April 18.

Taxpayers in most states will get an extra three days to file their federal returns in 2016, the IRS said Tuesday. The filing deadline is being delayed because the District of Columbia will celebrate Emancipation Day on April 15.

By law, local holidays in the nation’s capital impact tax deadlines the same way federal holidays would. Emancipation Day marks the date when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia.

Lincoln signed the bill on April 16, 1862, more than eight months before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which eventually led to all slaves being freed.

Next year, April 16 falls on a Saturday, so the city is celebrating the holiday on April 15.

Taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts will have until April 19 to file their federal tax returns. That’s because those states will celebrate Patriots’ Day on April 18.

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