State Income Tax Returns, Extensions

State
Taxes

State Income Tax Returns vary from state to state. Some states do not have income taxes at all, while some are more automated than others.

Important: On eFile.com you can prepare the current tax year online and e-File all state income tax forms, schedules etc. The IRS and all states - with the exception of the State of California - have an agreement that only allows state income tax returns to be e-Filed in conjunction with an IRS income tax year for the current tax year. However, eFile.com enables you to just prepare - not eFile - state tax returns for the current tax year. Details below.

  • This is not an eFile.com policy but a policy established by the IRS and all the state tax agencies. The reason for this policy is data verification and accuracy, since most of the tax data is shared by the Federal and the respective State Tax Agency.
  • As a result, if your IRS return gets rejected by the IRS your state return(s) will in many cases also be rejected.
Prepare, File 2020 State Return(s)

Below is a state income tax navigation chart that allows you to easily pick the right route to either: 

  • Prepare and eFile your state income tax return(s)
  • Prepare ONLY one or more state income tax returns online. Then mail them to the state(s)
  • Check on the tax refund status for a given state
  • Find out how to prepare a state tax extension
  • Prepare and file a state tax amendment(s)
  • Pay state taxes online. This can serve as a state extension, too
  • Check, compare state tax brackets
State Income Tax Returns, Extensions, Amendments, Payments
State Income Tax Deadlines
Most states have the April 15, 2021 due date for 2020 tax returns, just like the IRS. Some states the deadline is May 1, 2021. However, since most states can only be eFiled together with an IRS return - this is IRS/State policy, not eFile.com - consequently all your state income tax returns should be prepared and e-Filed by that same April 15 date.
A:
Prepare and eFile
one or all 2020 State Income Tax Returns: eFileIT Now
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Most state income tax returns are due by April 15, 2021 - with a few exceptions. However, since the 2020 IRS return is due by that date, consequently all your state income tax returns should be prepared and e-Filed by that same April 15 date. eFileIT Now!  Compare and Save: $38 for ONE State on Turbo or Block versus only $28.95 for ALL states at eFile.com!
B:
Prepare online
one or many State ONLY 2020 Tax Returns; then print and mail in your state returns.
Yes, you can use the eFile.com tax app to prepare your 2020 state tax returns online, however with the exception of California you can NOT eFile them without also eFiling the IRS return - even if you did eFile your 2020 Return already elsewhere. Learn how to ONLY prepare one or more state returns on eFile.com!
C:
State Tax Return Extensions
Should you or do you even need to e-File an IRS and/or State Income Tax Extension? If filing an extension is advantageous for you, find out how the IRS and/or your state(s) handle(s) 2020 tax income extensions.
D:
State Tax Return Amendment
Click on the state map below and learn about how your state handles tax amendments. They can not be eFiled with most states. The tax forms are listed here on eFile.com under each state.
E:
Pay State Tax Income Taxes
Click on the state map below and learn about how you can pay state taxes in many cases online. Online State Income Tax payments can also serve as filing a state tax extension. See more above under C.
F:
State Mailing Addresses
We have links to State Mailing Addresses listed on each state page. Click on the map below for your state(s). Once you are on the state page, look toward the bottom for the state mailing address.
G:
When to File a State Resident Return?
Generally, if the state you resided in during a tax year, you will need to file a tax return. If you were a part-year resident of such a state you will need to file one or more part-year resident return(s): if
  • You moved from one state to another state - file a part-year resident tax return for both states- OR
  • You lived in multiple states - file a part-year resident return for each state

You generally need to file a nonresident tax return for each state in which you worked but did not reside. For example, if you lived in one state and worked in another, you will usually need to file a resident return for the state in which you lived and a nonresident return for the state in which you worked.

Here are other situations where you may need to file a nonresident state return:

  • You earned income in a state that is not your resident state.
  • Your employer incorrectly withheld taxes for a state that is not your resident state.
  • You had gambling winnings in a state that is not your resident state.
  • You owned rental property in a state that is not your resident state.
  • You are a partner in a partnership, or a shareholder in an S-Corporation, that is based in a state that is not your resident state.
  • You received income from an estate or trust that has interest in a state that is not your resident state.

You do not generally have to file a return for the state where your employer is located unless you also work there. What matters is where you earned the income, not where your employer is based.

How to file One or More State Returns

2020 State Rates, Deadlines

State | Rate
Deadlines
Refund Status
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Alaska. Details
There is no state refund for Alaska. Details
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Florida. Details
There is no state refund for Florida. Details
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Nevada. Details
There is no state refund for Nevada. Details
No income taxes for earned income in New Hampshire. Dividend and interest income is taxed.
No Income Tax Refunds
You are not required to file a state income tax return for South Dakota. Details
There is no state refund for South Dakota. Details
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Tennessee. Details
There is no state refund for Tennessee. Details
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Texas. Details
There is no state refund for Texas. Details
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Washington State. Details
There is no state refund for Washington State. Details
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Wyoming. Details
There is no state refund for Wyoming. Details

Tax Day Deadlines, Refund Status by Territory

Territory
Deadlines
Refund Status
Bona fide residents of American Samoa for the entire tax year must file a tax return with American Samoa. Details
Bona fide residents of Guam for the entire tax year must file a tax return with Guam. Details
Bona fide residents of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands for the entire tax year must file a tax return with the Commonwealth. Details
Bona fide residents of Puerto Rico for the entire tax year must file a Puerto Rico tax return. Details
Bona fide residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands for the entire tax year must file a U.S. Virgin Islands tax return. Details

 

Previous Year Forms, Calculators, Payments, Penalties

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