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Filing your taxes

Federal and State Tax Deductions and Penalties

Curious about when you need to file your taxes, what the penalties are for filing and paying late, and whether you might need to file an extension?

When is the last day I can file my taxes? 

Tax season begins when the IRS opens and starts accepting returns for processing and ends on May 17, 2021. Note: If you are a Texas, Oklahoma, or Louisiana resident, you have until June 15, 2021, to file your federal tax return.

However, you can file an extension and that will give you another five months, until October 15, 2021, to file. However, you still need to pay your taxes by May 17 but the forms will not be due until October 15. 

State income tax filing deadlines

State Filing Date (Original) Filing Date (Revised)
Alabama April 15 May 17
Alaska No State Income Tax No State Income Tax
Arizona April 15 May 17
Arkansas April 15 May 17
California April 15 May 17
Colorado April 15 May 17
Connecticut April 15 May 17
Delaware  April 15 May 17
District of Columbia April 15 May 17
Florida No State Income Tax No State Income Tax
Georgia April 15 May 17
Hawaii April 15 May 17
Idaho April 15 May 17
Illinois April 15 May 17
Indiana April 15 May 17
Iowa April 30 June 1
Kansas April 15 May 17
Kentucky April 15 May 17
Louisiana May 15 June 15
Maine April 15 May 17
Maryland April 15 July 15
Massachusetts April 15 May 17
Michigan April 15 May 17
Minnesota April 15 May 17
Mississippi April 15 May 17
Missouri April 15 May 17
Montana April 15 May 17
Nebraska April 15 May 17
Nevada No State Income Tax No State Income Tax
New Hampshire April 15 May 17
New Jersey April 15 May 17
New Mexico April 15 May 17
New York April 15 May 17
North Carolina April 15 May 17
North Dakota April 15 May 17
Ohio April 15 May 17
Oklahoma April 15 June 15
Oregon April 15 May 17
Pennsylvania April 15 May 17
Rhode Island April 15 May 17
South Carolina April 15 May 17
South Dakota No State Income Tax No State Income Tax
Tennesee April 15 May 17
Texas No State Income Tax No State Income Tax
Utah April 15 May 17
Vermont April 15 May 17
Virginia April 15 May 17
Washington No State Income Tax No State Income Tax
West Virginia April 15 May 17
Wisconsin April 15 May 17
Wyoming No State Income Tax No State Income Tax

Do I need to file a tax extension? 

If you will be unable to complete your tax return by the end of tax season on May 17, 2021, yes, you need to file an extension. 

How do I file a tax extension? 

If you are doing your taxes yourself, you can visit IRS.gov and fill out Form 4868 to file a tax extension. However, your Tax Pro can also help.


File your taxes early if you owe, so you know how much to get together by May 17.

Will I be penalized if I file late? 

If you file your tax return after May 17, October 15 if you filed an extension, you will not be penalized. The late filing penalty is 5% of the unpaid taxes with a minimum penalty of $330, or 100% of the unpaid taxes if less, when the return is filed later than May 17. The penalty increases 5% a month until the taxes are paid or the penalty reaches 25% of the unpaid taxes. The penalty for filing late is higher than the penalty for paying late. 

Is the penalty for paying late the same as the penalty for filing late? 

The penalties for paying late and filing late are two separate penalties and the combined penalty maxes out at 25%. The late payment penalty is 0.5% of the unpaid taxes per month up to a total of 25% of the unpaid taxes. However, if both the late filing and late payment penalty apply in a month, the maximum penalty added for that month is 5%. 

What other penalties are assessed on taxpayers? 

Taxpayers can be assessed many penalties in addition to the late filing and late payment penalties. There is the underpayment penalty which applies if you owe more than $1,000 and you have a wage income or you owe when you are self-employed. The underpayment penalty is assessed because the tax code says you must prepay your taxes through withholding or estimated payments.


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