For the 2021 tax return, the due date is Monday, April 18, 2022
The due date for filing your federal individual income tax return is generally April 15 of each year. However, because of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C., for the 2021 tax return, the due date is April 18, 2022.
Your return is considered filed on time if the envelope is properly addressed, has enough postage, is postmarked, and is deposited in the mail by the due date,” explains Daniel Ahart, chief tax officer at the tax preparation company Daniel Ahart Tax Service®
If you file electronically, the date and time in your time zone when your return is transmitted controls whether your return is filed timely. You will later receive an electronic acknowledgement that the IRS has accepted your electronically filed return.
Extensions to file your taxes – If you cannot file by the due date of your return, you should request an extension of time to file. If you don’t file either your return or an extension form by the filing deadline, you’ll be subject to a late filing penalty. The penalty is usually 5% of the amount you owe for each month, up to a maximum of 25%.
How to safely file your taxes
- Virtual “No-Touch” Tax Prep – Connect with our tax experts online.
- Drop Off – Drop-off your documents at one of our offices.
- Office Appointment – Work with a tax expert at an office to prepare your return.
If you cannot pay your balance in full, you should pay as much as possible to reduce the accrual of interest on your account.
If you cannot pay all of the tax due on your return, the IRS may be able to assist you with a payment arrangement,” shares Daniel Ahart, chief tax officer at the tax preparation company Daniel Ahart Tax Service®
What Happens If You File Or Pay Your Taxes Late?
Two penalties may apply. One penalty is for filing late and the other is for paying late. They can add up fast. Interest accrues on top of penalties.
- Late-filing penalty. If taxpayers file their 2021 tax return more than 60 days late, the minimum penalty is usually $210. If the tax owed is less than $210, it’s 100 percent of the unpaid tax. Otherwise, the penalty can be as much as 5 percent of the unpaid tax each month up to a maximum of 25 percent. There’s no penalty for filing late, if the taxpayers is due a refund.
- Late-payment penalty. You’ll likely end up owing a late payment penalty of 0.5% per month, or fraction thereof, until the tax is paid. The maximum late payment penalty is 25% of the amount due. You’ll also likely owe interest on whatever amount you didn’t pay by the filing deadline.
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