e-File Deadline Is October 16, 2023
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If you missed the April 18, 2023, deadline to e-file a 2022 Tax Return or you e-Filed an extension by that date, you can e-File your 2022 Taxes until October 16, 2023. After that date, you can only prepare and mail your 2022 return via paper forms.
Important: even if you can't pay anything now, file by the deadline if you owe taxes to avoid late filing penalties and pay as soon as possible to avoid/reduce late payment penalties. Why? It would reduce your late filing penalties as late filing penalties are higher than late paying penalties! Find tax payment options here. File something even if you can't pay anything!
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There is a difference between an IRS late filing penalty and a late payment tax penalty. A late filing penalty - which is generally higher than a late payment penalty - occurs if you owe taxes and do not file a tax return or tax extension by April 18, 2023. Even if you can not pay your taxes on time, we strongly suggest you file a tax return or extension by Tax Day or the tax deadline. You will face late payment penalties if you do not pay your due tax if you owe. Find the forms and calculators for back taxes here.
If you are filing late and owe taxes, estimate tax penalties here.
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Tax Tip: If you don't owe taxes for Tax Year 2022, you will not be subject to a late filing penalty, even if you file or e-file late. If you expect a tax refund, you should file your return to get your refund. After Oct. 16, 2023, you will no longer be able to e-file 2022 Returns; after April 15, 2026, you will no longer be able to claim your 2022 Tax Refund because it is only available three years following its due date. Don't become part of this statistic of unclaimed tax refunds. You can mail in a return and include direct deposit information for returns filed late on paper.
If you miss the October deadline, you will have to file back taxes for 2022 and other previous years on paper forms. You can complete these forms online here on eFile.com: previous tax year forms, deadlines, and calculators.
October 16, 2023 Due Dates
The below table outlines the various October tax deadlines to better understand what taxpayers can expect, should they miss the Tax Day deadline. These allow taxpayers some time to gather their tax forms, organize their payments, and asses and pay any penalties they may have accrued. Prepare your return or extension on eFile.com to eliminate or reduce any penalties. Gather all your tax forms and get your return e-filed by the April deadline.
October 16, 2023
2022 State Income Tax Return
If you filed or received a state income tax return extension
by April 15, 2023, you can e-file your IRS and state tax return
together by Oct. 16, 2023 on eFile.com. Late filing penalties will apply if you owe taxes; e-file even if you can't pay.
October 16, 2023
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Tax Refund Date April 15, 2026
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, 2026, you can no longer claim your 2022 IRS tax refund. Most states follow these or similar tax refund expiration rules
October 16, 2023
The eFile Tax App lets you complete a tax amendment for your 2022 Tax Return for free until Oct. 16, 2023. After that date or for any other tax year, visit the tax amendment
section for more details.
Tax Year 2022 Due in 2023
Tax Day Deadline Myths
Generally, the April deadline only applies if you owe federal and/or state taxes. If you are owed a refund, you likely will not face any penalties for filing after this deadline. Certain circumstances may change this, such as owing an outstanding debt or unpaid child support. If you owe taxes, file or e-file a tax extension if you will not be able to file your return by the April deadline. Reasons to file an extension include:
- You are missing a form or other information to properly prepare you taxes
- You are faced with a life changing event and do not have the time or energy to file
- You are out of the country - typically, two months is given
- You are overseas as part of an active-duty military order.
Because the IRS and states close e-filing for returns on or around October 15, use tax software like the eFile Tax App to prepare and e-file your return to avoid manually filing paper forms.
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