The IRS recently announced that, like last year, the 2012 deadline has been extended to April 17, 2012. I’d like to say it was because they just felt like being nice, but I’d be lying. They extended the deadline because April 15 happens to be a Sunday, and Washington DC observes Emancipation Day the very next day, on April 16.
If you plan on filing an extension, be careful. The due date for extended returns will be October 15, not 17.
While we’re at it, here’s another date for you: January 17. That’s the first day you can e-file your returns.
Now, at the risk of sounding like mother hen, there’s no reason you have to wait until any of these dates to actually prepare your return. And by all means, don’t wait until April 17 to call your tax accountant for an extension. It drives them crazy. Trust me on this.