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4/15/2014
Tax day

It ought to be a holiday.

Today that is.

This is the official federal deadline for filing one's individual tax return. April 15 has been the deadline for Americans living in the United States since 1955. Before then, the deadline was March 15 and before that March 1. Other deadlines exist for Americans outside of the country, businesses and nonprofits.

The Civil War prompted a federal income tax. Congress designed the Revenue Act of 1861 to help pay for the war.

Congress, citizens and the Supreme Court debated the idea of income taxes until 1913 when lawmakers ratified the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving Congress authority to tax incomes.

If tax day falls on a weekend, the deadline usually is delayed until Monday. But, on occasion, Monday will be a holiday in the District of Columbia, which will push the deadline to Tuesday.

Whatever day is it, it should be a national holiday. That would give those who got their taxes done early a day to relax, and give those who do theirs at the last minute, time to do it.

Let's run it up the flagpole with Congress, and see if enough lawmakers will salute.