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2022 Tax Deadlines for 2021 Returns

Tax Day Deadline 2022 for 2021 Tax Year Returns - see state related tax deadlines and payment information. April 18, 2022 - not April 15 - is the IRS Tax Deadline, or Tax Day, for 2021 Tax Returns. For residents of Maine and Massachusetts, the deadline is April 19, 2022 due to the Patriot's Day holiday in those states. Start to prepare and eFile your 2021 Tax Return(s). Not sure if you should file? Use the FILEucator. Get Taxucated with more free Taxucators - 10 Free Tax Tools and more.

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2022 Tax Deadline Tips by Tess

The following links are mentioned in this audio:
Current Deadline Page | File Back-Taxes | DATEucator | State Deadlines | Ways to Pay for Taxes

*Tax Day dates mentioned in the audio are subject to change. See below for up-to-date Tax Day Deadlines.

A list of Tax Season 2022 e-filing Tax Day deadlines are below for Tax Year 2021 (January 1 - December 31, 2021) income tax returns or ITRs. Find previous or back tax year forms, deadlines, and calculators as well as tax deadlines for back taxes. Don't be Penny Wise and Tax Foolish! Do IT Less Taxing at eFile.com.

eFile.com Tax Tip: Most taxpayers are not aware of this fact that generally the penalties for not filing a return on time are higher than not paying taxes on time: File Something Even If You Can't Pay Anything!  Don't miss a filing deadline - for tax returns or tax extensions -  if you owe taxes, even if you can't pay your taxes on time, since the late filing penalties are generally significantly higher than the penalties for not paying taxes on time.  Thus, e-File on time and pay as little or as much as you can afford. Use the PENALTYucator tool to find out what your potential tax penalties might be. If you have to pick, it's better to file on time than to pay on time! Here, see a comprehensive list of all 2022 tax deadlines - PDF file - via IRS Publication 509.

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Income Tax Return Deadlines, Tax Due Dates

When are 2021 Taxes due? How long do I have to file 2021 Taxes?

Find important dates to keep track of to prepare your 2021 Taxes. The table below is organized by deadline date, topic (return type, date to receive your forms, extension, etc.), and a brief description with helpful links.

Deadlines
Tax Topic
Description
Pre-Tax Return Preparation
January 31, 2022
Your W-2 Salary Income, 1099 Income, and tax deduction related forms and documents.
By that date, you should have all documents in your possession. Do not prepare or eFile prior to that as this might result in a tax amendment if you miss forms on your return. Use this tax Prep-To-Prep worksheet.
01/15 -  10/15/2022
2022 IRS Tax Refund Estimate Date - DATEucator Tool
Estimate the date you may receive your 2021 federal tax refund from the IRS after you e-filed or filed an accepted 2021 federal tax return.
Return, Extension, Amendment, Tax Estimate Deadlines
April 183), 2022
2021 Tax Return Deadline!
The 2022 IRS income tax return day for 2021 Income Tax Returns! If you owe, e-File even if you can't pay!
3) April 18 is not a typo; the deadline changed from April 15 to April 18 in 2022 due to the Emancipation Day in Washington DC.
We suggest you don't wait to file in case you have last minute questions. In addition, you will not jeopardize the tax deadline if you owe taxes. In most cases, late filing penalties are higher than late tax payment penalties. eFileIT Now!
April 18, 2022 Plus
2021 State Return(s) plus IRS Income Tax Return. Find exact state deadlines by state(s).
eFileIT Now! A state return - except California - can only be e-Filed in conjunction with a federal return due to IRS/state regulations, not eFile.com policy. Prepare multiple state returns with eFile.com and e-file them with your federal return. See instructions on how to prepare and mail-in ONLY one or more state return(s).
April 18, 2022 Plus
Per IRS/State regulations, you cannot just e-file a state return only anywhere, except for CA returns. You can, however, prepare a state return only on eFile.com and download, print, sign, and mail the state forms to the respective state(s).
April 18, 2022
Prepare and eFile for free on eFile.com; click the linked page to see if an extension is necessary for you! Tax extensions should only be used when you need more time to prepare to file, not more time to pay.
April 18, 2022 Plus
Many states grant automatic tax extensions if you do not owe taxes. If you do owe taxes, in many cases, you can pay your state taxes online. This payment will serve as extension.
Ongoing
You can prepare your amendment on eFile.com for Tax Year 2021, then print, sign, and mail in the forms. There are plans to e-File amendment Form 1040X by mid 2022. State tax amendments follow a similar procedure, but do not use the IRS Form 1040-X - they have their own amendment form, though some don't have a form at all and only ask that you pay your due tax on time. Tax information and details by state.
April 15, 2022
2018 Tax Return IRS Refund deadline; as of this date, you can no longer claim a 2018 tax refund if you were owed one. See 2018 Tax Forms, tools. The 2019 Return refund deadline is April 15, 2023; 2020 Return refund is April 15, 2024.
If you have not filed your 2018 IRS Tax Return and expect a tax refund, you have until 04/15/2022 to submit the return on paper and to claim your refund. After that date, your refund will expire forever. Claim and don't waste your refund!
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June 15, 2022
U.S. citizens and U.S. resident aliens who work and live abroad (outside the United States and Puerto Rico) can eFile or file their returns or tax extensions and pay taxes due by June 15, 2022. If applicable, for part year residency state tax returns, this date might not apply for state tax returns.
Pay IRS taxes online by June 15, 2022 - Payment Options.
Quarter I: April 15, 2022
Q. 1 - Form 1040-ES for Tax Year 2021 estimated tax payments
Pay online by April 15, 2022 - Payment Options. Form 1040-ES not needed.
Quarter II: July 15, 2022
Q. 2 - Form 1040-ES for Tax Year 2021 estimated tax payments
Pay online by July 15, 2022 - Payment Options. Form 1040-ES not needed.
Quarter III: Sept. 15, 2022
Q. 3 - Form 1040-ES for Tax Year 2021 estimated tax payments
Pay online by September 15, 2022 - Payment Options. Form 1040-ES not needed.
Quarter IV: Jan. 15, 2023
Q.4 - Form 1040-ES for Tax Year 2021 estimated tax payments
Pay online by Jan. 15, 2023 - Payment Options. Form 1040-ES not needed.
IRS and state e-filing season and extension deadline - from the IRS opening date to the October date, the current tax year returns are able to be electronically filed. After October 15 October 17, 2022, you can no longer e-file a 2021 Tax Return. 
If you e-filed an extension or did not file a return by April 18, 2022 or later, you can e-file your tax return by Oct. 15 Oct. 17, 2022 to avoid late filing penalties. Late payment penalties might apply. Check the tax refund status of your federal and/or state tax return after you have e-filed or filed an accepted tax return. 2022 IRS Tax Refund Status for 2021 Tax Year Returns: where is my federal refund? Or, where is my state refund?
April 18, 2022
If you personally and/or jointly own one or more reportable foreign financial accounts and you are required to file an FBAR - FinCEN Report From 114 - for the given tax year: prepare and eFile FBAR Form 114.
Immediately, Ongoing
See a list of select state tax forms for respective state(s). You can eFile 2021 state tax returns with your federal return; for back taxes, see the page for forms to complete, sign, print, and mail.
Immediately, Ongoing
View a list of previous year tax forms you can complete, sign, and download via eFile.com. They can no longer be e-Filed!
April 18, 2022
2021 Tax year IRS Tax Return Deadline
The same federal tax return deadline is generally used as the state return deadline for Tax Year 2021. Select a state on this page for more details as they may vary by state.

See more tax deadlines for tax returns, tax estimates, and more: tax deadlines for filing income tax returns.

Previous Income Tax Year Returns

You cannot e-file federal or state income tax returns for Tax Year 2020 and before. However, eFile.com provides easy access to all the respective federal income tax year forms and the associated tax year tax calculators. Keep in mind that these tax calculators are free and are intended to give you an accurate estimate of your tax refund or tax liability for the given tax year. Prior year state tax return forms are on the respective state tax pages on efile.com.

If You Owe Back Taxes

If you expect to owe taxes for one or multiple previous tax years and you have not filed nor paid the taxes due, you will most likely be subject to late filing and late payment penalties. eFile.com recommends you take the following steps as soon as possible: 

  • Step 1: Download the respective tax forms for the tax year in question. 
  • Step 2: Use the tax calculator and tools for the respective tax year, especially this tax penalty calculator.
  • Step 3: Complete the income tax forms and mail them to the IRS and/or state tax agency.
  • Step 4: Even if you can't pay your taxes, follow the steps above and pay as little or as much as you can afford. That way, you will at least stop the late filing penalties which are higher in general than the late payment penalties.

If You Expect a Tax Refund

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 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, you 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.

File your 2021 federal and state tax returns with eFile.com by the deadlines in the table above. This will assure you can e-file, get your refund faster, and will reduce or eliminate any tax penalties.

1) IRS e-File Tax Report. 2) TurboTax® is a registered trademark of Intuit, Inc. and H&R Block® is a registered trademark of HRB Innovations, Inc. 3) The April 15, 2022 Tax Deadline was changed to April 18, 2022 due to the Emancipation Day Holiday in Washington D.C.

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