When are My Taxes Due?

When is the deadline to pay my taxes?  

The IRS has extended the federal tax deadline to May 17. This will give taxpayers longer to file and pay any taxes owed, since the IRS didn’t begin accepting returns until February. The IRS still recommends that taxpayers file as soon as possible, especially those who are expecting refunds.  

Individual states may choose to extend their filing deadline. Not all the states have updated their deadline since the IRS announced the federal date changed. 

When will I receive my W-2 Form?   

Your employer should send your W-2 to you no later than January 31, 2021. If you have not received it by February 15th, you’ll need to contact your employer and ask for it.  

When will my 1099-MISC arrive?  

If your employer issues you a 1099-MISC, they must send them to you by January 31, 2021. 

When is the federal tax filing deadline?   

Taxes are due on May 17, 2021. This means you must file your 2020 federal return or request an extension no later than this date to avoid a tax penalty. If you owe taxes, you can file any time before the deadline and schedule your payment closer to May 17. If you’re worried about making tax payments, there are options to help you avoid fees and penalties. Learn more about IRS payment plans

When is the deadline to file and pay state taxes?  

The due date for filing and paying your state taxes varies by state. Check your state’s Department of Revenue page for more info.  

The following states have delayed their deadline so far.  

May 17th 

  • Alabama 
  • Arkansas 
  • California 
  • Colorado 
  • Connecticut 
  • DC 
  • Georgia 
  • Indiana 
  • Kentucky 
  • Maine 
  • Massachusetts 
  • Michigan 
  • Minnesota 
  • Nebraska 
  • New York 
  • North Carolina 
  • North Dakota 
  • Ohio 
  • Oregon 
  • South Carolina 
  • Tennessee 
  • Utah 
  • Virginia 
  • West Virginia 

June 15th

  • Oklahoma 
  • Texas 

July 15th 

  • Maryland  

When is the deadline to file for a federal tax return extension?  

Even if you are filing an extension, you must do it by May 17, 2021.  

When is the extended filing deadline for 2020 tax returns?  

If you file for an extension in May, your 2020 tax return is due no later than October 15, 2021.   

When do I have to file an amended return for tax year 2020?  

You have 3 years from the original due date to file an amended return, which would be April 15, 2024, for returns filed in 2021. Read more about filing an amended return here

When is the last day to contribute to a 401K?  

Contribute to your 401k by December 31, 2020, to be able to write it off on your 2021 tax return. 

When is the deadline to make 2020 IRA contributions?  

Traditional and Roth IRAs must be opened by April 15, 2021 for contributions to apply on your 2020 tax return. The deadline for making contributions is also April 15.    

When is open enrollment for Marketplace Insurance?  

If you need to enroll in a health insurance plan through the Marketplace, make sure to do it between the dates of November 1, 2021 – December 15, 2021. 

When do I need to report my tip income each month?  

Report your tip income on the 10th of every month. For example, if you make $100 in tips in January, you must report this by February 10.  

What are the due dates for estimated tax payments?  

2020 Estimated 4th Quarter Tax Payment DueJanuary 15, 2021 

2021 Estimated 1st Quarter Tax Payment DueApril 15, 2021 

2021 Estimated 2nd Quarter Tax Payment DueJune 15, 2021 

2021 Estimated 3rd Quarter Tax Payment DueSeptember 15, 2021 

Self-employed? Read more about quarterly estimated taxes here

The information in this article is up to date through tax year 2020 (taxes filed 2021). 

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