State Income Tax Returns, Extensions
Important: On eFile.com, you can prepare and e-file the current tax year online and e-File all state income tax forms and schedules. With the exception of the State of California, the IRS and all states have an agreement that only allows state income tax returns to be e-Filed in conjunction with an IRS income tax return for the current tax year. However, eFile.com enables you to just prepare - not eFile - state tax returns for the current tax year when you are not also e-filing your federal return. Prepare your federal and state returns together on eFile.com so you do not have to mail anything - details below.
Prepare, File 2021 State Return(s) Only
- 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.
Filing a State Tax Return or Tax Extension
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 and 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 as well.
- Check, compare state tax brackets.
State Income Tax Deadlines
Click on the state map below for detailed state deadline by state.
Most states have the April 18, 2022 due date
for 2021 Tax Returns
like the IRS, but some have later deadlines. However, since most states can only be eFiled together with an IRS return as per IRS/State policy, not eFile.com policy, all your state income tax returns should be e-Filed by that same April 18 date.
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Most state income tax returns are due by April 18, 2022 with a few exceptions. However, since the 2021 IRS return is due by that date, all your state income tax returns should be prepared and e-Filed by that same date. Instead of preparing your state taxes on your own and mailing the forms in, use the eFile platform and eFileIT now
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You can use the eFile.com tax app to prepare your 2021 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 2021 Return already elsewhere. This is an IRS/State policy, not an eFile.com policy. Learn how to ONLY prepare one or more state returns on eFile.com!
Click on the state map below and learn about how your state handles tax amendments
. They can not be e-Filed with most states, however some states use the regular income tax form and you will just need to indicate that it is an amendment. The state tax forms are listed here on eFile.com under each state on the state amendment page.
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 you reside in this state during a tax year, you will need to file a tax return. If you were a part-year resident of 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.
When you prepare and e-file with eFile.com, we will help you report this information on your return by reporting your change of address during the tax interview.
H: How to File State Returns as a Resident of a State Without Income Taxes
You might be living in a state that does not require a state income tax return (Florida, Texas etc.). The eFile Tax App will not prompt you to prepare a state tax return in that case. However, you might have worked or had income from a state during the year that does require you to file a state income tax return called a nonresident state return.
I: State Income Tax Brackets, Rates
When to File a Nonresident State Tax Return
You may 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 taxable 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 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 generally have to file a return for the state where your employer is located, regardless of whether or not you also work there. This applies for remote employees; you will file your state return for the state you live in, or where your domicile is located, and a nonresident return for the state the employer is located in.
Note: This is not the case for remote, independent contractors. If you receive nonemployee compensation on a 1099 form, such as 1099-NEC, you only pay applicable state tax for your resident state. If you work remotely for a company in another state on contract - you do not receive a W-2 - then you do not have taxes withheld and will instead owe federal taxes, resident state taxes, and self-employment taxes.
If your income forms lists any other state other than your resident state, you would file a nonresident return for that state and a resident return for your state. The income gets reported on the nonresident return where the income was earned; many states - not all - have laws in place that prevent double taxation so you only pay state income tax on a portion of the income. eFile.com handles this for you; we will help you prepare your federal and multiple state returns and you can be certain that you will not pay any more tax than you are legally required to.
How to File One or More State Returns
This is one of the greatest values offered by eFile.com. When you use eFile, you can prepare as many resident, part-year resident, and nonresident returns as you need based on your situation for one low price. Other popular tax preparation softwares charge up to $50 per state return. For a taxpayer who needs to file five state returns, that’s a total of $250 for all those returns, not including federal, versus one low price of $32 on eFile.com for all state returns.
Interactive State Map
Click on one or more of the states in the map below to visit a specific state page. Links to these pages are also found in the table below.
2021 State Rates, Deadlines
The information in the table can be found by using the interactive map above and navigating to individual state pages. Find a particular state below for quick information, including income tax rate and a link to state deadlines.
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Alaska.
There is no state refund for Alaska.
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Florida.
There is no state refund for Florida.
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Nevada.
There is no state refund for Nevada.
No income taxes for earned income in New Hampshire. Dividend and interest income is taxed at 5%.
No Income Tax Refunds
You are not required to file a state income tax return for South Dakota.
There is no state refund for South Dakota.
No income taxes for earned income in Tennessee. Dividend and interest income is taxed at 1%.
There is no state refund for Tennessee.
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Texas.
There is no state refund for Texas.
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Washington State.
There is no state refund for Washington State.
You are not required to file a state income tax return for Wyoming.
There is no state refund for Wyoming.
Tax Day Deadlines, Refund Status by Territory
United States Territories follow their own tax guidelines - view these below.
Bona fide residents of American Samoa for the entire tax year must file a tax return with American Samoa.
Bona fide residents of Guam for the entire tax year must file a tax return with Guam.
Bona fide residents of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands for the entire tax year must file a tax return with the Commonwealth.
Bona fide residents of Puerto Rico for the entire tax year must file a Puerto Rico tax return.
Bona fide residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands for the entire tax year must file a U.S. Virgin Islands tax return.
Previous Year Forms, Calculators, Payments, Penalties
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