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Filing Day for Citizens

Citizens must have mere hours to file their taxes or as for extentions from Uncle Sam.

If you have not filed for an extension for your tax return, and you're planning on mailing your return, it must be postmarked by April 15th to be filed on time.

Many post offices have extended hours to accommodate last minute filers.

Click here to find the post office near you, check its hours and even calculate postage for your return.

We've got Five things to know about paying your taxes in our Tax Guide.

Federal income tax first began with the Revenue Act of 1861 to help pay for the Civil War. That Act outlined taxes saying taxes should be paid on or before June 30.

Historians argue over the reasoning for moving Tax Day to April. Only the very wealthy Americans paid taxes at first, and most spent the summers on vacations. So to gain more in tax dollars, the IRS commissioner argued to have the taxes due before they left town.

In 1895, income tax was abolished; ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. In 1913 the sixteenth admendment to the Constitution granted congress the ability to levy taxes on the American population.

Want to know more? Visit our Tax Guide

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