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Homer gets a break this April 15th (photo by jpmatth via flickr.
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...The deadline for filing taxes is Monday, April 18th this year! In January the IRS announced an extension from the typical April 15th tax deadline to the 18th in keeping with the traditional Coachella Friday -- er -- Emancipation Day holiday, observed only in DC and equating to one celebratory day of liberation from filing taxes.If you're not filing via the web this year, a handful of post offices will stay open late Monday to ensure you get an April 18th timestamp on your return.

Looking to up your slacker cred? File for an automatic six-month extension and kick back until October 17. But there's not much incentive to delay for most: the average American will receive a refund of about $3,000 from the federal government this year. That will, of course, be countered by whatever additional tax the (beyond broke) State of California can squeeze out of each return. Don't believe in paying taxes? To each his/her own but hopefully you're not on this list of California's top tax delinquents -- we don't really want to be like Ozzy (the Osbournes just paid off $1.7 million in tax debts).

Happy Emancipation Day.... Don't be afraid of your freedom!