Tax Day 2016: Due Dates and Filing Deadlines for 2015 Tax Returns

If I efile today, when will I get My Tax Refund?

Efile Your Tax Return by October 15

The 2016 Federal and State Tax Deadlines (for Tax Year 2015) table shows the main deadlines related to 2015 tax returns.

Review the sections below for more tax return deadline and filing information:

When Can I File My Previous Year or Late Federal Tax Return?

When Should I File My Amended Tax Return (Tax Amendment)?

How Do I Prepare and File My Federal Tax Return?

How Do I Prepare and File My State Tax Return?

How Should I File an Amended Tax Return?

How Do I File a Previous Year Tax Return?

2015 Tax Return Deadlines

Tax Day DateType of Income Tax ReturnFiling Deadline/Due Date Description

April 18*, 2016

*This is NOT a typo. Why is Tax Day April 18?

2015 Federal Tax Return

Tax Day for Tax Year 2015 - Filing deadline and due date for Federal Income Tax Returns. Prepare and efile your 2015 tax return until October 15, 2016 on efile.com. Start Federal Tax Return

State Tax Return Deadlines 2015 State Tax Return Due dates for State Income Tax Returns vary by state.
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April 18*, 2016

*This is NOT a typo. Why is Tax Day April 18?

2015 Federal Tax Extension Due date for Tax Extensions for 2015 Federal Income Tax Returns.
Missed the Extension Deadline?
State Extension Deadlines 2015 State Tax Extension Due dates for State Income Tax Extensions vary by state.
October 17, 2016 2015 Federal Tax Return Last day to efile a 2015 Federal Income Tax Return for Tax Extension filers.
April 15, 2019 2015 Tax Amendment You can file an Amended Return to pay taxes due anytime, but you generally have a deadline of 3 years from the original due date to claim a tax refund.
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No Deadline Previous Year Tax Returns You can file a Tax Return for a previous tax year anytime, but you can only claim a refund within 3 years of the original tax deadline.
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State Tax Deadlines All State Tax Deadlines View tax state tax return and tax extension deadlines for all states
Health Care Enrollment Deadlines All Health Care Enrollment Deadlines View health insurance marketplace enrollment deadlines for 2014 and 2015

Why is Tax Day April 18?

The regular tax return filing deadline is April 15. However, due to the Washington D.C. Emancipation Day holiday being observed on April 15 instead of April 16, 2016, Tax Day is on the following Monday.

When Can I File My Previous Year or Late Federal Tax Return?

There is no IRS deadline for overdue previous year tax returns, but in order to claim a tax refund for a certain year, you must file a tax return for that year within 3 years of the original due date. If you wait longer than 3 years, any tax refund is forfeit.

On the other hand, past due taxes do not disappear. If you owe taxes for a previous tax year, the IRS may charge you late filing and late payment penalties plus interest on taxes owed.

After April 15, 2016, you can prepare and efile a 2015 tax return on efile.com until October 17, 2016 (after that date, the IRS will no longer accept 2015 returns electronically, and you will need to paper file your 2015 return).

If you owe taxes and you file or efile late without getting a tax extension, the IRS will generally charge penalties based on the amount you owe. There are also penalties for paying your taxes late, even if you got an extension. However, the late filing penalties are more severe, so you should try to file on time even if you owe taxes and can't pay.

If you owe taxes and are already late, you should file a tax return immediately and explore your options to pay tax.

If you expect a tax refund and you file late, there is no real penalty other than the effective delay of your refund.

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When Should I File My Amended Tax Return (Tax Amendment)?

If an amended return results in you owing tax, there is no deadline for the tax amendment. However, if you're expecting a refund, you must file your return within 3 years of the original tax return deadline in order to claim your refund.

Tax Tip: Submit your 2015 Tax Return by April 15, 2016 to avoid penalties and interest!

How Do I Prepare and File My Federal Tax Return?

Preparing a federal tax return on efile.com is fast and easy. And if you have a simple return, it can even be free! If your return is more complicated, you still get our Lowest Price Guarantee and 5 Pricing Advantages.

Electronic filing is the safest way to file a tax return, and the fastest way to get your tax refund. And efile.com is the best way to get your biggest tax refund possible. Create a free account and get started on your tax return by clicking the button below, or compare online tax services first.

Seventy-two (72) hours after your tax return is accepted by the IRS, you can track your tax refund.

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How Do I Prepare and File My State Tax Return?

On efile.com, you can prepare state tax returns when you prepare your federal tax return. You can then efile your state return(s) together with your federal return or separately.

Unlike other online tax services, efile.com allows you to prepare as many state returns as you need to for one low price.

If you already filed federal and you only need to efile state returns, you can do that on efile.com, too. Get started by clicking the button below, or find out how to file only state returns.

After your state return is accepted by your state, you can track your state tax refund.

How Should I File an Amended Tax Return?

You can prepare an amended tax return for the current tax year on efile.com. The IRS does not accept amendments electronically, so you can print your completed amendment from your efile.com account and then mail it to the IRS. Learn more about preparing and filing a tax amendment.

Remember, if you amend a federal tax return, this might also affect your state tax return for that year. Please see the website of your state tax agency for information about how they handle tax amendments.

More about how to file tax amendments.

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How Do I File a Previous Year Tax Return?

Electronic filing is no longer available for Tax Years 2014 and earlier. Here are two options to prepare and file previous year tax returns:

1. Prepare and file on your own: Download and complete the tax forms for the appropriate Tax Year:

Tax Year 2014 ·Tax Year 2013 · Tax Year 2012 · Tax Year 2011 · Tax Year 2010 ·

Tax Year 2009 ·Tax Year 2008 · Tax Year 2007 · Tax Year 2006 · Tax Year 2005 · Tax Year 2004

2. Prepare and file your previous year tax return with an online tax professional: Instead of visiting a local tax office, you can have your tax return completed by a real efile TaxPro.

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