The extension is due to Emancipation Day, a holiday recognized in Washington, DC, which falls on Friday, April 15, this year.
Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) February 18, 2011
A FreeScore.com January/February 2011 survey* of 1,000 Americans 18+ revealed that 49% of Americans are unaware that the deadline for filing their tax returns in 2011 has been extended three days, from April 15 to April 18.
The extension is due to Emancipation Day, a holiday recognized in Washington, DC, which falls on Friday, April 15, this year. District of Columbia holidays have the same legal effect on tax deadlines that federal holidays do, so all taxpayers will have until April 18, 2011, to file their returns.
Respondents to the FreeScore.com survey were asked: "Are you aware that the deadline to your file taxes was extended three days this year?" The results, broken down by age, gender, education, and income, are below.
Age - Percent Unaware
(18-34) - 54%
(35-54) - 54%
(55+) - 37%
Gender - Percent Unaware
Male - 45%
Female - 53%
Education - Percent Unaware
High school or less - 58%
Some college - 51%
College and higher - 43%
Household Income - Percent Unaware
(Less than $35K) - 53%
($35k-$49.9K) - 47%
($50K-$74.9K) - 50%
($75K+) - 58%
According to Carrie Coghill, director of consumer education for FreeScore.com, "Planning is everything when it comes to finances, especially tax season. Even though people have three extra days to file their taxes this year, I suggest they start getting their 2010 tax information together now."
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*The survey was conducted by Survey Sampling International. The data for FreeScore.com survey was collected and analyzed in January/February 2011 through Survey Sampling International in Shelton, Connecticut. Results have a margin of error +/- 5%.