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Haven't Done Your Taxes Yet? You're Certainly Not Alone

It's here. Friday is April 15. Tax Day.

Except that this year, Americans get an extra three days before they have to file their income tax returns. That's because of the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia, which honors the day that President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed slaves in the nation's capital.

Of course, just because we've got another 72 hours doesn't mean we should wait until the last minute. But, that's exactly what many Americans will do.

Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talked with IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman this week for a report that will air on Friday's broadcast. He tells her that "the last week of the filing season, we usually have 15 to 20 million people file their returns. ... A lot of people procrastinate."

Much more from their conversation will be on the show. Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams Morning Edition.

And if you need help, the IRS has lots of information online — including how to get an extension (remember, though, you still have to send the IRS a check even if you get that extension).

Meanwhile, we wonder:

You have, naturally, until midnight Monday to answer the question.

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET:We realized that another "answer" was needed — about whether you filed your return earlier this month. So we're adding it to the choices. Sorry for being late in getting that choice in there!

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Mark Memmott is NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. In that role, he's a resource for NPR's journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.