When it comes to the Internal Revenue Service, I am a world-class procrastinator. I mean, I'm going to pay in, so why do THAT early?

We get this nice break from time to time when the Day of Reckoning, April 15th, falls on a weekend.

But here's the question. Why aren't we facing a deadline on the 16th?

Well, here's the answer. There's a holiday on April 16th called the Washington DC Emancipation Day.

It celebrates April 16, 1862, the day President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, end slavery in Washington DC.

Since it's a holiday in the city and government workers get the day off, we have April 17th as our deadline.

(I don't know about you, but I feel like I've just transcribed one of those old Saturday morning Schoolhouse Rock episodes.)