2020 Taxes Due in 2021: Tax Return Deadlines

 

Let's Work Together On Your 2020 Taxes: Due Date is 4/15/2021.
For 2021 Tax Returns the Due Date is April 15, 2022.
Keep More Of Your Hard Earned Money Now.

A1: Between now and December 31 is a critical tax planning time: Fail to Plan is Plan to Fail.

A2: Start Gathering Your 2020 Receipts (e.g. Medical Expenses, Home Sales/Purchase Transactions, etc.)

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A3: Use the eFile.com Tax Preparation Checklist

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday -- but don't discuss taxes during dinner. It's too charged of a topic!

B1: Review the tax implications of Life Changing Events.

B2: Review your Filing Status, or find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, or whether you should even file a Tax Return this year.

B3: Use the many interactive 2020 Tax Return Tools and assess your Tax Self.

B4: Review potential tax deductions. Got any ongoing deductible expenses (e.g. medical, dental expenses)?  Get them in by December 31.

B5: You could be eligible for Tax Credits in 2020. Don't leave money on the table!

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B6: Set or update your communication preferences with eFile.com.

B7: Between now and December 31, use the eFile.com 2020 Taxstimator.

B8: Tax Play and Tax Win. Make us work for you! We give out gift cards, promo codes and free tax returns.

B9: Last but not least: Good tax planning might free up some funds later during Tax Return time. This will let you pay for the many December religious and multicultural holiday gifts. You will be able to more easily focus on these holidays if you don't have to worry about your taxes -- and planning it in advance here on eFile.com will help you do that.

Happy Holidays!

Start of 2021

Happy New Year! Are you ready for your refund?

C1: Which tax service on eFile.com is for you? Taxesfaction guaranteed! Not sure? Dare to Compare eFile.com versus H&R Block® or TurboTax®!

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C2: Create or Sign Into your eFile.com Account. Have all your tax records ready and start entering your information: Name, Address, Income, Deductions, etc. eFile.com will do the rest and show you the results. Ask a Taxpert questions at any time from the tax app. Remember -- you don't have to do this alone!

C3: Important: We strongly recommend that you don't file until January 31, 2021 - as that is the deadline by when you should have received your important forms. Even after this date, do not file unless you are 100% certain that you have received and entered all your income and deductions forms (e.g. W-2s from jobs, 1099s, bank interest, 1098 for home mortgage interest).

C4: Estimate your Tax Refund Date on eFile.com.

C5: Think about your upcoming estimated tax payments for tax year 2021.

C6: Yes, January 2021 is the time to taxercise your 2021 W-4 or Tax Withholding with the Paycheck Tax Calcuator.

D1: Start the checkout process on eFile.com! Depending on your situation can select either one of these Tax Refund Options or these Ways to Pay for Taxes. Questions? Access Premium eFile.com Support at anytime.

D2: Have your 2019 AGI handy and enter your correct bank information if you selected direct bank deposit or address in case you requested a check in the mail. During checkout, make sure you click the green "E-file" button to e-file Your Tax Return and complete the process.

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D3: Under My Account in the eFile.com tax app, verify the accuracy of your email address as you will receive critical transactional emails on the status and progress of your tax return(s). Add this email address to your white list in your email inbox so important eFile.com emails to you don't land in your spam folder: support@efile.com

D4: Tax Return Status: After you have signed into your eFile.com account, you will see on the right side one of these tax return statuses listed: e-File Your Return. Pending. Rejected. Accepted. What do they mean?

D5: Check your IRS and/or State Tax Refund Status after your Returns have been accepted by the respective agencies.

D6: Need to make a correction after the IRS or State - not eFile.com - rejected your Return? Instructions to make the correction and refile for free as many times as needed.

D6: Where is your Refund Money? Lookup by your selected Tax Refund Option.

E1: Keep a copy of your completed, electronically filed, and accepted tax returns. Download them under My Account in the eFile.com Tax App.

E2: Need to only prepare one or more State Returns without filing an IRS return?

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E3: At the end of March, you can e-File an IRS Tax Extension via eFile.com. But what about State Extensions?

E4: Darn! Need to make a change to an accepted IRS or State Return? Learn about Tax Amendments.

E5: Need to prepare and file back taxes for years prior to Tax Year 2020? Pick a Tax Year here.

April 15, 2021

IRS Tax Filing Deadline for 2020 Tax Returns
The Deadline for Your State(s)

F1: Welcome Procrastinators to eFile.com. Just in case you are curious how many hours you have left to make this year's tax deadline, we've got the answer for you! Many states have also extended their filing and/or payment deadlines: find your State's Tax Return Deadline

F2: Get this! The Penalties for NOT e-Filing anything are higher than NOT paying anything (if you owe Taxes). Estimate Your Potential Penalties.

F3: Tax Return or Tax Extension: is that your question? Check the specific State Extension deadlines that might apply to you.

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F4: Not only is April 15 the deadline to file a 2020 Return, but you have 3 years from the Tax Year in question to file and claim a tax refund. After that, your money belongs to the IRS. Don't become part of the unclaimed refund statistic. 

G1: If you owe Taxes, check again whether your Return(s) got accepted by the IRS and State Agencies if applicable.

G2: If one or more of your Return(s) got rejected by the IRS or State(s), follow these steps.

G3: If you eFiled a Tax Extension, you only have 1 day to make any corrections and re-file.

G4: Make sure you have a copy of your completed, e-Filed, and accepted Tax Returns. You can also keep copies in your eFile.com account. Download the PDF of your Return under My Account from your eFile.com Tax App account.

H1: In case you missed the April 15, 2021 deadline, don't worry: you can prepare and eFile your IRS and State Taxes here on eFile.com until October 15, 2021. After that date it's only paper returns only for back taxes.

H2: Would you like just to prepare and file one or more State Tax Returns? On eFile.com, you can do this and prepare as many states as you need for one low price of $28.95 for all not just one state. Start Now.

H3: Set Your 2021 Tax Return goals. Taxercise your Income, Paycheck and Tax Withholding: Start the Taxometer now.

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H4: Keep more of your hard earned money. The Taxometer will give you detailed instructions on what your tax withholding should be based on your 2020 Tax Return and your 2021 Tax Goals.

H5: Don't self impose a 2020 tax refund penalty! Too many taxpayers do this, find out!

H6: Still need to prepare and file back taxes for past Tax Years? Find out how to file back taxes.

H7: Make changes to an accepted Tax Return or file a Tax Amendment. You can only Mail this in as it cannot be eFiled.

H8: Did you eFile an IRS Tax Extension via eFile.com and mailed in a State Tax Extension? Sign into your eFile.com Account and continue to prepare and eFile and continue your 2020 IRS and State Tax Returns by October, 15, 2021. Don't face a late filing penalty after Oct. 15, 2021!

H9: Fail to Plan Is Plan to Fail. Right or Wrong but Taxes are in every aspect of our Lives. See how Life Changing Events might impact Your Taxes.

H10: April 14/15: Did you know that we work almost 24 hours on April 14 and 15 here for you? Don't get caught in this tax rush! You are gambling with the deadline. After you have e-Filed by 11:59 PM on April 15, follow points D4, D5 and D6 as listed above.

I1: Oct. 1 - you have 15 days to prepare and e-File your 2020 Tax Return. Don't delay and Start Now.

I2: Do you only need to prepare one or more State Returns without an IRS return?

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I3: Do you need to make one or more changes to an accepted IRS or State Return? Learn about how to prepare and mail Tax Amendments.

I4: Owe Taxes and don't have the Funds to Pay? That should not be a reason not to e-File. Late Filing Penalties are considerably higher than Late Tax Payment penalties. Thus, prepare and e-File by Oct. 15 right now, right here.

October 15, 2021

IRS Tax e-File Deadline for 2020 Tax Returns
The Deadline for Your State(s)

J1: Check again whether your Return(s) got accepted by the IRS and State Agencies if applicable.

J2: Need to make a correction to one or more of your Return(s)? Follow these instructions and re-file at no charge.

J3: Last but not least: Keep a copy of your completed, e-Filed and accepted Tax Returns. Download them from the My Account page in the eFile.com Tax App.

October 16 - Oct. 31, 2021

Tax Return and Record Keeping Maintenance Time
The 2021/22 Tax Return Cycle Starts Again at the Top of This Page
The Year just changes. We will update this by Oct. 31, 2021.

Feature1) Based on data collected as of September 12, 2019. Subject to change without notice. H&R Block® At Home is a registered trademark of HRB Innovations, Inc. TurboTax® is a registered trademark of Intuit, Inc.

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