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Crazy Behind On Taxes? These Post Offices Will Have Extended Hours To Save Your Neck

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Hate doing your taxes? Then 2017 is your year, because this tax season we're getting a generous deadline extension.

The deadline commonly falls on April 15, but two factors have pushed it to April 18 for 2017. For one thing, April 15 falls on a Saturday this year, meaning that the deadline would have been pushed to Monday. But it turns out that Monday is also Emancipation Day, which Washington D.C. will be celebrating on April 17. IRS regulations bar the filing deadline from falling on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday. Thus, the deadline for mailing your taxes will be Tuesday, April 18.

As noted at Market Watch, Emancipation Day refers to the day that Honest Abe signed a law in April 16, 1862 to end slavery in the state of Washington. In D.C., Emancipation Day is observed on the nearest weekday in the case that April 16 falls on a weekend (which is why it'll be observed on Monday this year).

And if you're super, fantastically behind on your taxes (as in, you just realized you have to do your taxes right as you're reading this), just know that you have another extension to back you up. According to City News Service, several U.S. Postal Service locations in the L.A. and Orange counties will have extended hours on Tuesday so that you can make a final dash. These locations are:

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  • The Los Angeles Processing & Distribution Center, 7001 S. Central Ave., with mail collection ending at midnight, (323) 586-1723.
  • The Santa Ana Processing & Distribution Center, 3101 W. Sunflower Ave., with mail collection ending at midnight, (714) 662-6474.
  • The Santa Clarita Processing & Distribution Center, 28201 Franklin Parkway, with mail collection ending at 9 p.m., (661) 775-7166.

Also, if you need some music to accompany your frantic efforts to file your taxes, here's George Harrison and Eric Clapton: