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In the United States April 15 of every year is the day most dreaded by most people. It is tax day.

Many people put off filing their tax returns until the last minute, and/or file an extension, or some are totally against the government telling them that they should disclose how much money they made for the previous year and don’t file at all. This article is about the usage of words in the American English Tax Code.

Some of you reading this post have probably never heard of our illustrious tax code, or probably don’t care about it. I’m with the latter. However, because I write about all things English I felt the urge to share some of our quirky behaviors as Americans.

As  a former corporate accountant I know the tax code can be –  and who knows it may be purposely done, indecipherable. For the average American all they want is a tax refund, even if they have to pay an insane high fee to get it tomorrow instead of waiting a couple of weeks to get it at no cost to them.

This year tax day, April 15,  falls on a Sunday. Therefore taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17, to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due. By law if April 15 falls on a Sunday or holiday then taxes are due the next business day.

But this year Emancipation Day (never heard of it), a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls on Monday, April 16. According to federal law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have two extra days to file this year.  YIPPEE!

Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 15 to file their 2012 tax returns

What inspired me to write about the American Tax Day was a post I read about how the IRS (Internal Revenue Service for those not familiar with our taxman) outdoes Shakespeare. I love Shakespeare and he only had to use 900,000 words to say everything that he needed to say in all of his plays and poems. The IRS tax code uses a whopping 3.8 million words. No wonder people are confused.

Maybe the IRS never heard that “Brevity is the soul of wit” (Hamlet)

Check out this article by a British expat living in the United States filing his very first income tax return. How the IRS Outdoes Shakespeare?

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