2021 Tax Season Dates and Deadlines

The Form 1040 tax return deadline: May 17, 2021

Official IRS Tax Dates

Mark your calendar with these official IRS tax dates.

February 12, 2021

IRS Starts Processing Taxes

May 17, 2021

Filing Deadline for 2020 Taxes

October 15, 2021

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 2021 Filing Season start date is Friday, February 12, 2021. The IRS will begin processing tax returns on that day.

When Are Taxes Due?

Federal Taxes for the 2020 Tax year are due on May 17th, 2021. You can use FreeTaxUSA to file your Federal Taxes completely free. Start a Free Return

How Do I Extend my Taxes in 2020?

If you are unable to file your individual taxes by May 17th, you will still be able to file an extension. Start Free Extension

After you have filed an extension, you have until October 15th, 2021 to file your federal and state taxes. You can use FreeTaxUSA anytime between May 18th and October 15th to file an extended tax return.

What Happens If You Miss the IRS Deadline?

If you miss both the May 17th and the October 15th deadline, don't worry. You're not alone. You can still file your taxes. Just go to our prior years page here, and select which tax year you want to file. After that our software will 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 (October 15th for most years).

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 2019 all the way back to 2013. 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 $14.99. Provide your tax documents and fill out the information and our software does the rest. Then print your tax return and mail it to the IRS.

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