Thanks to a seldom-observed holiday, the Internal Revenue Service announced that taxpayers will have until April 17, to file their 2006 returns and pay any taxes due.

April 15 falls on a Sunday in 2007, while the following day, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. The holiday is in honor of President Abraham Lincoln signing the Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862, which freed about 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia nine months before he issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all U.S. slaves.

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