Happy tax filing season 2011!
OK, that doesn't have quite the same ring as happy New Year or happy birthday. And I know most of you aren't as thrilled with the arrival of filing season as I am.
But since you are reading a tax blog, I figure you're up for a little tax-related celebration.
And there are a few things to celebrate in 2011.
First, you have longer to file your 2010 tax return. The usual filing deadline is April 15, but this year it's April 18.
Why the three extra days? Because Friday, April 15, is Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia. By law, says the Internal Revenue Service, official District of Columbia holidays have the same effect on tax deadlines as do regular federal holidays.
That means tax day 2011 gets pushed back to the next business day, which is Monday, April 18.
So tax procrastinators rejoice! You get three more days to fill out your forms and pay any taxes due.
Also worth celebrating is the debut today of Bankrate's annual tax guide.
And keep coming back. We'll be adding more tax stories, tips, videos and the like to the tax guide all the way through April 18.
You also can make sure you don't miss anything in the tax world this filing season by subscribing to Bankrate's free Daily Tax Tip newsletter.