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When is the tax extension deadline for individuals filing 2023 tax returns?

The tax filing deadline this year for individual tax returns is on Monday, April 15, 2024

Monday, April 15, 2024 is also the deadline for requesting an automatic six-month extension to file your 2023 tax return. Keep in mind that this extension does not apply to tax payments. To avoid penalties and interest, you still need to estimate what you owe and make a payment when you file for an extension. If you are granted an extension (which is automatic if you meet the requirements), your extended deadline to file your 2023 tax return will be October 15, 2024.

Taxpayers in Maine or Massachusetts have until Wednesday, April 17, 2024 to file their return or extension due to the Patriot’s Day and Emancipation Day holidays. 

Victims of recent severe storms in Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia, may have postponed tax return, payment, and extension due dates.

How do I get a tax extension to file my 2023 taxes?

It is relatively simple to get an automatic six-month extension of time to file your 2023 federal income tax return with the IRS. However, understand that an extension of time to file your taxes does not give you an extension of time to pay your taxes. Those who are required to file on April 15, but need more time, can file for an extension to October 15, 2024. This extension only allows for the filing of returns by October 15, 2024, but payment of taxes owed is still due by April 15, 2024, to avoid penalties and interest.

You can request a filing extension at any point up until the tax filing deadline, which is April 15, 2024. There are a couple of ways to go about filing for an extension:

What relief is available for storm victims?

Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia residents and businesses in counties impacted by recent storms, floodings, and power outages, may qualify for a postponement to June 17, 2024, to both file and pay their federal taxes. This postponement is automatically applied and based on the taxpayers address being located within the disaster areas.

Get matched with a tax pro or reach out to a network attorney

No matter how simple or straightforward you think your tax situation is, the process of completing and filing forms with the IRS and other tax authorities can be overwhelming. Making inadvertent errors can result in unwanted penalties and interest on amounts owed to the IRS. Fortunately, help is available. If you need tax help, Rocket Lawyer can now match you with a tax pro for affordable and convenient tax filing services. You can also reach out to a Rocket Lawyer network attorney with your tax law questions and receive tailored guidance and answers.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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