Why Today Isn't Tax Day in More Than a Half-Dozen States
Your state and federal filing deadlines depend on where you live.
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The official deadline to file federal tax returns is Tuesday, April 18, 2023.
That's because April 15 was a Saturday and Monday, April 17, was recognized as Emancipation Day in Washington, DC. According to the IRS, "by law, Washington, DC, holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way federal holidays do."
The agency has delayed the filing deadline in numerous states affected by severe weather conditions.
New Yorkresidents affected by winter storms and snowstorms in December have until May 15, 2023, to file their returns and make payments.
Taxpayers in Arkansas, Mississippiand Tennessee affected by tornadoes, high winds and severe storms in March now have until July 31, 2023.
Due to winter storms, mudslides and other natural disasters, the IRS has also given residents of Alabama, California and Georgia until Oct. 16, 2023, to file federal returns and make payments.
April 18 is still the deadline to file a tax extension with the IRS. Getting an extension doesn't change the payment deadline. It just gives you until Oct. 16 to complete the relevant paperwork. You still have to submit any amount you owe on time to avoid late penalties.
To date, residents in other states with federal filing extensions must still file their state returns by April 18, 2023. In most cases, taxpayers can request an automatic filing extension but they will still have to make any outstanding payments by the original deadline.