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IRS Gives Taxpayers Two-Day Extension to File Returns

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Internal Revenue Service officially kicked off the 2012 tax filing season on Wednesday, and this year, taxpayers are in store for a federal tax holiday of sorts -- a two-day extension to file their 2011 tax returns.

Tax Day will be moved up to April 17, given that the usual April 15 deadline falls on a Sunday this year and the following day is Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia.

As the IRS explains, "According to federal law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have two extra days to file this year."

The agency expects to receive more than 144 million individual tax returns in 2012.  Taxpayers can begin submitting their e-file and Free File returns on Jan. 17.

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