October 15, 2020 e-File Deadline

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The deadline to prepare and eFile 2019 Tax Returns is July 15, 2020 (extended from April 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). However, if you miss this deadline or e-Filed an extension by July 15, 2020, you have until October 15, 2020 to eFile your 2019 Taxes. Only if you don't owe Taxes or if the IRS accepted your 2019 tax extension will you not face potential Late Filing Penalties.  Important Tax Tip: If You Owe Taxes, File On Time, Even If You Can't Pay on Time: Late Filing Penalties Are Higher Than Late Paying Penalties!

If you miss the Oct. 15, 2020 deadline you will have to file back taxes for 2019 and other previous tax year return on paper forms. You can complete these forms online here on eFile.com: Back taxes or previous Tax Year forms, deadlines and calculators.

Keep This in Mind: If you owe Taxes, the penalties for not filing on time are higher than not paying taxes on time. Thus, if you missed the 04/15/2020 deadline, don't miss this 10/15/2020 e-filing deadline. Plus, if you owe taxes but you can't pay your taxes on time - tips to pay Taxes - e-File now or by 10/15/2020 and pay as little or as much as you can afford as the Late Filing Penalty is higher than the Late Payment Penalty. Use the PENALTYucator tool to find out your potential penalties. See below how this deadline applies if you don't owe Taxes or expect a Tax Refund.

Oct. 15, 2020 Due Dates and Thereafter

Return Type
October 15, 2020
2019 IRS Income Tax Return
If you e-filed an extension or did not file a 2019 tax return by July 15, 2020 or later, and expect to owe Taxes, e-file your 2019 Tax Return by Oct. 15, 2020 to avoid new or additional late filing penalties. Estimate potential Late Payment Penalties. Thus, file even if you can't pay. Tips on paying Taxes.
October 15, 2020
2019 State Income Tax Return
If you filed or received an automatic state income tax return extension by July 15, 2020, you can e-file your IRS and State Tax Return together by Oct. 15, 2020 on eFile.com. Late Filing penalties will apply if you owe taxes. Thus, e-File even if you can't pay. 
Oct. 15, 2020
ONLY prepare one or more State Tax Returns.
Oct. 15, 2020
Calculate, Estimate First.
eFile.com has many helpful Tax Calculators and Tools that assist you in assessing your Tax Return before you actually prepare and file. Visit the Tax Calculator section for the wide range of free tools.
Oct. 15, 2020
Your Tax Refund Estimate Date - DATEucator Tool
Estimate the date you may receive your federal refund from the IRS after you e-filed or filed an accepted federal tax return. Details
Tax Return Timeline
This detailed Step-by-Step eFile Tax Return Timeline guides you through the Preparation Process. We have Made Taxes Simple for you again. Follow Simple
If you missed the Oct. 15, 2020 tax deadline to prepare and file your 2018 you can complete the Tax Forms here on eFile.com and mail in your Return to the IRS and/or State Agency for your State Return. Access Back Tax or Previous Tax Years Forms and Calculators for 2018 - 2004. You can complete all back tax forms online here on eFile.com for free.
Tax Refund Date April 15, 2023
If you expect a tax refund for one or more previous tax years and you have not filed an IRS or state income tax return, you will most likely not be subject to late filing fees and certainly not for late payment penalties. However, you only have three years after the subject tax year to claim your tax refund. After the three years, your tax refund will unfortunately expire and you can no longer claim your hard earned money back from the IRS. For example, after April 15, 2023, you will no longer be able to claim your 2018 IRS tax refund. Most states follow these or similar tax refund expiration rules and dates. 
Oct. 15, 2020
The eFile.com tax app lets you complete a Tax Amendment for your 2018 Tax Return for free until Oct. 15, 2020. After that date or any other Tax Years, please visit the Tax Amendment section for more details.
Tax Year 2019 Due in 2020



eFile Something by July 15, Even If You Can't Pay Anything.     Details