2021 Tax Return Dates and Deadlines

The Form 1040 tax return deadline: April 18, 2022

Official IRS Tax Dates

Mark your calendar with these official IRS tax dates.

January 24, 2022

IRS Starts Processing Taxes

April 18, 2022

Filing Deadline for 2021 Taxes

October 17, 2022

Deadline for Extension Filers

State Payment Deadlines Vary

States are still updating their payment deadlines, and each state might have a different deadline. Learn More

When does tax season start?

The filing season for 2021 tax returns starts on January 24, 2022. The IRS will begin processing tax returns on that day.

When are taxes due?

Federal Taxes for the 2021 tax year are due on April 18, 2022. You can use FreeTaxUSA to file your Federal Taxes completely free. Start a Free Return

How do I extend my 2021 taxes?

If you are unable to file your individual taxes by April 18, 2022, you will still be able to file an extension. Start Free Extension

After you have filed an extension, you have until October 17, 2022 to file your federal and state taxes. You can use FreeTaxUSA until the October 17, 2022 deadline anytime to file an extended tax return.

What happens if you miss the IRS deadline?

If you miss both the April 18, 2022 and the October 17, 2022 deadline, don't worry. You're not alone. You can still file your taxes. Just go to our prior years page and select which tax year you want to file. After that, we'll walk you through all the steps you need to complete your prior year tax returns. You will have to print out your tax forms and mail them into the IRS, because the IRS will not accept e-filed tax returns after the extension deadline.

Is it too late to file past year taxes?

It is not too late to file back taxes. You can use FreeTaxUSA to file taxes from 2020 all the way back to 2012. Use our prior year software to file whichever year you missed. Most people even have a return waiting for them, and the best part is it only costs $17.99. Provide your tax documents and fill out the information and we'll take care of all the calculations. Then print your tax return and mail it to the IRS.

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