H&R Block‘s tax specialist Wilma Hayesd iscusses the ins and outs of filing taxes

In 1865, it was the day that Abraham Lincoln died, after being shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theater the night before, less than a week after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. And it was in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912 that the Titanic sunk two and a half hours after striking an iceberg, killing 1,517 and separating Jack and Rose only a few hours after they had discovered their one true love.

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In America, April 15 has the further distinction of being Tax Day (at least most years). Why is this exactly? Is it because the government wanted to make sure the federal tax due date fell on an appropriately somber day? Or was it just an arbitrary decision made by a government that consistently fails to apply reasoning or foresight to its actions?

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