Key Tax Filing Deadlines for 2024 You Don't Want to Forget
Mark your calendar because these are the dates you want to remember so you can get your refund in time.
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If you haven't filed your taxes yet, now's the time to get your important tax documents together from employers, mortgage companies, investment firms and more. While Tax Day is still two months away, it can sneak up on you, so it's best to be prepared. Also note that Presidents Day weekend is a busy time for calls to the IRS, so if you have questions, you may experience a long wait time if you call for help.
The 2024 tax season officially began on Jan. 29. That means the agency is now accepting and processing tax returns if you'd like to get an early start on submitting them.
Note that employers are required to send employees their W-2 and 1099 income tax forms by the end of January, so if you don't have yours yet check your mailbox and contact your company's HR or payroll department.
When is the deadline for filing a 2023 tax return with the IRS?
If you like to wait till the last second, the deadline to file federal tax returns for most taxpayers is Monday, April 15, 2024.
Taxpayers living in Maine or Massachusetts have until Wednesday, April 17, 2024, to file because of the Patriot's Day and Emancipation Day holidays, the IRS said.
April 15 is also the deadline to file a tax extension with the IRS. Getting an extension doesn't change the payment deadline. It just gives you until October to complete the relevant paperwork. You still have to pay any estimate amount you owe by April 15 to avoid late penalties.
The IRS says taxpayers who file electronically and are due a refund can expect their refund within 21 days -- if they choose direct deposit and there are no issues with their return.
By law, the IRS must wait until at least mid-February to issue refunds to taxpayers who claimed the earned income tax credit or additional child tax credit. According to the agency, those payments should be received by Feb. 27, 2024, for taxpayers who use direct deposit and have no other issues.