Tax procrastinators can thank Abraham Lincoln for extended April 18 deadline

Posted at 6:28 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 20:28:09-04

SALT LAKE CITY --  According to the IRS, one-third of Americans still hadn’t filed their taxes by April 1.

Kalli Cronmiller was among them.

“I had a very strange financial situation, I was living abroad,” Cronmiller said.

Cronmiller spent most of the year in another country, and she only worked for a short time once she was back. She’s expecting a refund.

FOX 13 News talked with a random selection of Utahns walking to lunch in downtown Salt Lake City Friday about their tax prep.

Most had already filed their taxes by the end of March, motivated by their expected refunds.

“I’m actually going to use it toward my wedding,” Greg Peterson said.

Procrastinators can thank Washington D.C. for a three-day reprieve in the April 15 tax due date.

For 2016, taxes aren’t due until Monday, April 18, because of a Holiday called “Emancipation Day.”

Emancipation Day marks the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln signing a law that freed all slaves living in Washington D.C. on April 16, 1962. Workers in the District get Friday off if Emancipation Day falls on a Saturday.