Tax Day – April 17, 2019

Tue Apr 17

Federal income taxes were first introduced in the U.S. in the early 1860’s to help fund the Civil War—and over time found their way into our Constitution, and an important cornerstone of our economy. April 17 is National Tax Day in 2018 and the deadline for personal income taxes to be filed with the federal government.

Tax Day Featured Video

Why and How to File A Tax Extension
That Feeling When You Finish Your Taxes

Tax Day Media Coverage

Tax Day — KUTV (Salt Lake City, UT)
Tax Day — WRIC (Richmond, VA)
Tax Day — WTVD (Raleigh, NC)

Tax Day - Survey Results

Tax Day Survey Results


7% of Americans claim they enjoy filing their taxes. 9% say they absolutely hate filing their taxes, and 11% say filing their taxes stresses them out.


19% of Americans use a tax preparation program (such as TurboTax) to help them file their taxes. 6% of Americans say their spouse takes care of filing the taxes, and 11% hire an accountant to file their taxes.


#1: Pay off debt (27%)
#2: Save (24%)
#3: Treat myself (e.g. new shoes, clothes, dinner, etc.) (13%)
#4: Spend on necessities like toiletries, school lunches for children, etc. (11%)
#5: Spend on big purchases I really need, like a car repair (10%)
#6: Vacation (8%)
#7: Buy someone a gift (3%)

How to Observe Tax Day

  1. Break out the 'income tax' cocktail

    This is a real cocktail—basically a Bronx cocktail (gin, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, and orange juice) with a splash of bitters, as a nod to the bittersweet nature of the day.

  2. Host a tax potluck party

    Friends don't let friends do taxes alone. Why not make a party of it instead. Make it a potluck, to save money for everyone. And as you work through all the sheets, you can give awards for the most creative deductions or person with the biggest return coming their way.

  3. Make It rain with money confetti

    Go to the local party store and get play money bills. Shred these bills and go wild 'making it rain.' As silly as it sounds, this little activity will leave you feeling rich!

Why Tax Day is Important

  1. It's an unexpected financial check-up

    W-2's or 1099's. Banking statements and donation receipts. There's a lot of paperwork you need to pull together to be able to do your taxes (even if you have help). But once it's all together, it's kind of interesting to see how much you made in the last year and where the money went.

  2. Deductions, baby

    You start to see the different ways you can get money back—like mortgage loan interest, tax-deductible donations and even unreimbursed job-related education. Once you get a hang of a "strategy," you can start to plan out your next year for even more savings.

  3. Show us the money

    In recent years, over 8 out of 10 Americans have got refunds for overpaying their income tax. This means that most of us are getting a nice-sized check coming back to us, compliments of Uncle Sam.