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October 15, 2021 Is e-File Deadline

If you miss the April 15 - May 17, 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 penalties 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 eFile.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 May 17, 2024, you will no longer be able to claim your 2020 tax refund. For 2019 taxes, the deadline to claim your IRS tax refund is July 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: previous tax year forms, deadlines, and calculators.

Oct. 15, 2021 Due Dates and Thereafter

The below table outlines the various October 15 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 new deadline of May 17, 2021.

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 May 17, 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 and see tips on paying taxes.
October 15, 2021
2020 State Income Tax Return
If you filed or received a state income tax return extension by April 15, 2021, you can e-File your IRS and state tax return together by Oct. 15, 2021 on eFile.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.
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. 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 May 17, 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 May 17, 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.
Tax Year 2020 Due in 2021

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