Federal Tax Deadlines

2016 Tax Return Deadlines

Tax Day DateType of Income Tax ReturnFiling Deadline/Due Date Description
April 18*, 20172016 Federal Tax ReturnTax Day for Tax Year 2016 – Filing deadline and due date for Federal Income Tax Returns. Prepare and e-file your 2016 tax returns from early January- October 16, 2017 on
State Tax Return Deadlines2016 State Tax ReturnDue dates for State Income Tax Returns vary by state. Prepare your 2016 state return from early January-October 16, 2017 with your Federal Return
April 18*, 20172016 Federal Tax ExtensionDue date for Tax Extensions for 2016 Federal Income Tax Returns.  You can start preparing and e-filing Your Extension mid-March 2017 on
State Extension Deadlines2016 State Tax ExtensionDue dates for State Income Tax Extensions vary by state.
October 16, 20172016 Federal Tax ReturnLast day to e-file a 2016 Federal Income Tax Return for Tax Extension filers. Prepare and e-file your 2016 tax return from early January-October 16, 2017

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April 15, 20202016 Tax AmendmentYou can file an Amended Return to pay taxes due anytime, but you generally have a deadline of 3 years from the original due date to claim a tax refund.
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No DeadlinePrevious Year Tax ReturnsYou can file a Tax Return for a previous tax year anytime, but you can only claim a refund within 3 years of the original tax deadline. They can only be prepared and filed via mail.
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State Tax DeadlinesAll State Tax DeadlinesView State Tax Return and Tax Extension Deadlines for All States
Health Care Enrollment DeadlinesAll Health Care Enrollment DeadlinesView Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Deadlines for 2016 and 2017


Why is Tax Day April 18?

The regular tax return filing deadline is April 15. However, due to April 15 being on a Saturday and the Washington D.C. Emancipation Day holiday being observed on April 17 instead of April 16, 2017, Tax Day is on the following Tuesday.

When Can I File My Previous Year or Late Federal Tax Return?

There is no IRS deadline for overdue previous year tax returns, but in order to claim a tax refund for a certain year, you must file a tax return for that year within 3 years of the original due date. If you wait longer than 3 years, any tax refund is forfeit.


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