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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? 

The 2023 tax season begins when the IRS opens and starts accepting returns for processing and ends on April 17, 2023. 

However, you can file an extension and that will give you another five months, until October 16, 2023, to file. However, you still need to pay your taxes by April 17 but the forms will not be due until October 16. 

State income tax filing deadlines

State Filing Date (Original)  
Alabama April 17  
Alaska No State Income Tax  
Arizona April 17  
Arkansas April 17  
California April 17  
Colorado April 17  
Connecticut April 17  
Delaware  April 17  
District of Columbia April 17  
Florida No State Income Tax No State Income Tax
Georgia April 17  
Hawaii April 17  
Idaho April 17  
Illinois April 17  
Indiana April 17  
Iowa May 1  
Kansas April 17  
Kentucky April 17  
Louisiana May 15  
Maine April 17  
Maryland April 17  
Massachusetts April 17  
Michigan April 17  
Minnesota April 17  
Mississippi April 17  
Missouri April 17  
Montana April 17  
Nebraska April 17  
Nevada No State Income Tax  
New Hampshire April 17  
New Jersey April 17  
New Mexico April 17  
New York April 17  
North Carolina April 17  
North Dakota April 17  
Ohio April 17  
Oklahoma April 17  
Oregon April 17  
Pennsylvania April 17  
Rhode Island April 17  
South Carolina April 17  
South Dakota No State Income Tax  
Tennesee No State Income Tax  
Texas No State Income Tax  
Utah April 17  
Vermont April 17  
Virginia April 17  
Washington No State Income Tax  
West Virginia April 17  
Wisconsin April 17  
Wyoming 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 April 17, 2023, 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.

Tip/Help

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

Will I be penalized if I file late? 

If you file an extension by April 17, you will not be penalized. If you don't file an extension and file after Apri 17, or filed after October 16 when you filed an extension, you will 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 late. 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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