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October 15, 2021 Is e-File Deadline

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If you miss the April 15, 2021 deadline to prepare and e-File a 2020 Tax Return or you e-Filed an extension by that date, you can e-File your 2020 Taxes until October 15, 2021. You won't face any Late Filing Penalites if you're expecting a refund, don't owe taxes, or if the IRS accepted your 2020 Tax Extension. Find the forms and calculators for back taxes here.

Important e-File.com Tax Tip: if you owe taxes, file as soon as possible, even if you can't pay anything now. Why? It would reduce your Late Filing Penalties as Late Filing Penalties Are Higher Than Late Paying Penalties! Find Tax Payment Options here. 

If you don't owe taxes for Tax Year 2020, 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 April 15, 2024, you will not longer be able to claim your 2020 tax return refund. For 2019 taxes, the deadline to claim your IRS tax refund is April 15, 2023. Your refund is available three years following its due date.

If you miss the Oct. 15, 2021 deadline, you will have to file back taxes for 2020 and other previous tax year returns on paper forms. You can complete these forms online here on eFile.com: Back taxes or previous Tax Year forms, deadlines and calculators.

Oct. 15, 2021 Due Dates and Thereafter

Deadlines
Return Type
Description
October 15, 2021
2020 IRS Income Tax Return
If you e-Filed an extension or did not file a 2020 Tax Return by July 15, 2021 or later and expect to owe taxes, e-File your 2020 Tax Return by Oct. 15, 2021 to avoid new or additional late filing penalties. Estimate potential Late Payment Penalties. File even if you can't pay. Tips on paying Taxes.
October 15, 2021
2020 State Income Tax Return
If you filed or received a State Income Tax Return Extension by July 15, 2021, you can e-File your IRS and State Tax Return together by Oct. 15, 2021 on e-File.com. Late Filing penalties will apply if you owe taxes. e-File even if you can't pay.
Oct. 15, 2021
ONLY prepare one or more State Tax Returns.
Oct. 15, 2021
Calculate, Estimate First.
eFile.com has many helpful tax calculators and tools that help 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, 2021
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 e-File Tax Return Timeline guides you through the Preparation Process. We have Made Taxes Simple for you again.
Ongoing
If you missed the Oct. 15, 2021 Tax Deadline to prepare and file your 2019 or other Previous Year Tax Return, 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 2019 - 2004. You can complete all back tax forms online here on eFile.com for free.
Tax Refund Date April 15, 2024
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, 2024, you will no longer be able to claim your 2020 IRS tax refund. Most states follow these or similar tax refund expiration rules and dates. 
Oct. 15, 2021
The eFile.com tax app lets you complete a tax amendment for your 2020 Tax Return for free until Oct. 15, 2021. After that date or any other tax year, please visit the Tax Amendment section for more details.
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