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 April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

The IRS had previously announced that residents of the District of Columbia and six eastern states would have an April 17 deadline because they are served by a processing facility in Massachusetts, where Patriots Day is observed on April 16.

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