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TAS Tax Tip: 2021 Federal individual tax return due dates and filing extension information

Due Date and Filing Extensions

Here’s some basic information about individual filing season tax return due date(s), tax payment due date(s) and requesting a filing extension, if needed.

  • Tax Return Filing due dates:
    • April 18, 2022 – For most taxpayers, the tax-filing deadline is April 18, 2022.
      • April 19, 2022 – For residents of Maine and Massachusetts only, the deadline is April 19, 2022.
    • June 15, 2022 – For Americans who live and work abroad, the deadline is June 15, 2022.

For military service members, visit Filing Extensions and Tax Return Preparation Assistance for Military Personnel Stationed Abroad or In a Combat Zone.

For taxpayers in federally (FEMA) declared disaster areas, see FAQs for Disaster Victims.

  • Payment of federal taxes: Federal individual tax is due on the same date as the original tax return, without regard to extensions.
    • IRS accepts full and partial payments, including payments toward a payment plan (including installment agreement). However, penalties and interest will continue to accrue as applicable until you pay the full balance.
    • IRS has a new online Chatbot option that anyone can use to start a conversation, if you need more assistance with arranging to pay. Just click on the ‘start a conversation’ button.
  • Extension of time to file a tax return: Anyone who needs more time to file can get an automatic extension until Oct. 17, 2022. To get the extension, you generally must estimate your tax liability and should also pay any amount due. An extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay your tax liability. Penalties and interest will accrue as applicable if you fail to timely pay your tax liability.
  • Individual tax filers, regardless of income, can use Free File to electronically request an automatic tax-filing extension.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service’s website has several Get Help pages on these same topics that you can also review. Here are some specific pages that apply:

For more tax filing season related information, visit: