Extension of Time to File
Most taxpayers who requested an extension of time to file for their 2020 federal income tax return will have until Friday, October 15, 2021, to file.
Although October 15 is the last day for most people to file, some taxpayers may have more time. These taxpayers include:
Here are some key reminders for extension filers.
Tax Filing information
Nearly everyone can e-file their tax return for free through IRS Free File. The program is available on IRS.gov now through October 15. E-filing is easy, safe, and the most accurate way for people to file their tax returns. The TAS website has additional information on Free File options and additional information on options for filing a tax return.
Filing when a refund is due: Taxpayers who are able should use direct deposit to get their tax refund electronically deposited into their financial account. If you are filing a paper return, check the Where to File Tax Returns webpage or the Form instructions to determine the correct address for where to mail it.
Paying a tax balance: The deadline to pay 2020 federal income taxes was May 17, 2021. If you did not already make a payment, the best way to pay is online from a checking or savings account with IRS Direct Pay, by debit or credit card (this option has an associated fee), or by Electronic Funds Withdrawal when you e-file.
Those who owe and can’t pay their balance in full should pay as much as they can when they file to reduce interest and penalties. Taxpayers who cannot pay in full should evaluate payment options as soon as possible and choose one to resolve any remaining balance to help avoid or reduce any further potential penalties and interest. The TAS website has additional Get Help information on many topics related to paying taxes.
Taxpayers can always check their account balance, view payments made, view prior tax accounts or view and apply for payment options online. For more information about online accounts, see our TAS Tax Tip: Create an Online Account to view your balances, make payments, get transcripts, and more and the IRS’s Frequently Asked Questions About Online Account.
Missed tax filing deadline
What should taxpayers do about a missed filing deadline? Anyone who did not request an extension by this year’s May 17 deadline or misses the October 15 extension date should file and pay as soon as possible. (See the ‘Filing’ section above for more filing related information.) This will stop additional interest and penalties from accruing. See Filing Past Due Tax Returns for more information.
The TAS website has additional information on the consequences of not filing.
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