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Will the individual tax deadline be extended in 2022?

Last year, the federal income tax filing deadline for individuals in 2021 filing for the tax year that ended on December 31, 2020 was automatically extended by one month, from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the IRS has not provided a similar extension for the tax year that ended on December 31, 2021. Because of the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia, the tax filing due date this year is April 18, 2022, instead of April 15th. Taxpayers in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 19, 2022 to file their tax returns because of the Patriots’ Day holiday in those two states. 

What is the extended tax return deadline for victims of severe winter storms in Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky?

The IRS announced on December 20, 2021 that individuals in certain counties located in Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky that were affected by a severe winter storm will receive an automatic extension of their obligation to file their 2021 individual tax returns until May 16, 2022. The IRS has also stated that they will work with taxpayers who live outside the area, but whose tax records were located in the affected area. If you are a qualifying taxpayer who lives outside of the disaster area, you will need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227 to receive an extension to May 16, 2022. 

What is the extended tax return deadline for victims of winter wildfires in Colorado? 

If you live in any of the counties designated by FEMA as being impacted by the winter wildfires that occurred in Colorado this winter, then you will receive an automatic extension of your 2021 tax filing obligations until May 16, 2022. Taxpayers who live in an area that has not received a FEMA disaster declaration but whose tax records are located in such an area can contact the IRS to request case-specific relief.

How do I request a regular tax extension to file my 2021 taxes?

It is relatively simple to get an automatic six-month extension of time to file your 2021 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 need more time beyond the April 18, 2022 deadline can file for an extension to October 17, 2022. This extension will allow for the filing of returns by October 17, 2022, but payment of taxes owed will still be due by April 18, 2022 to avoid penalties and interest.

You can request a filing extension at any point up until the tax filing deadline, which is April 18, 2022. There are a couple ways to go about filing for an extension:

  • Use the IRS Free File system to request an extension electronically. 
  • Download, print, complete, and return IRS Form 4868 (Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return).
  • Ask a tax professional for help.

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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. Reach out to a Rocket Lawyer On Call® 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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