While many of us mark April 15th on our calendars as the deadline for filing tax returns. The IRS however does not close efile until mid-October before turning things over to the next filing season, this year that efile deadline is October 17th. The majority of tax payers will still be subject to this deadline and any returns filed after that point will have to be mailed. However, in response to recent natural disasters the IRS has extended this deadline to certain tax payers in affected areas. From the IRS press release:
The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers affected by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and the Texas wildfires that they have until Oct. 31 to meet certain tax filing and payment obligations.
E-file, which will close for all other taxpayers following the Oct. 17 extension filing deadline, will be open through the end of October to any taxpayer who lives or has a business in areas granted tax relief because of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Irene, the Texas wildfires or Tropical Storm Lee in New York and Pennsylvania.
Special Instructions for e-Filers
The IRS encouraged any taxpayer who wants to include a payment with the tax return to e-File by Oct. 20. Because of year-end programming changes, IRS e-File will not accept returns that include payments after Oct 20. E-file returns that include a payment after that date will be rejected, but the IRS offers other options for these taxpayers to still e-file but pay separately by using:
These guidelines apply to e-File returns only. Payments accompanying paper returns are not affected.
If you have questions about how this change may affect you, feel free to contact our support team via e-mail. Don’t forget that TaxSlayer will open for registration in late October. You can begin entering information for your 2011 tax return. Also, you can use our refund calculator to estimate what you refund will be based on your current paycheck information. Visit our Free Tax Calculator by clicking here.