IRS and Many States Announce Tax Filing Extension for 2020 Returns
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IRS Announces Tax Filing Extension—and Many States Follow Suit

Have you heard the IRS’s latest announcement regarding the tax filing extension? Like last year, the IRS has extended the federal tax deadline to give taxpayers additional time to file and pay income taxes. But that’s not all—many states and localities are also updating their state and local income tax deadlines to match the IRS tax deadline.

So, what’s the new deadline with the IRS tax payment extension? Is your state’s tax filing deadline extended? Keep reading to get all of the must-have details on the tax day extension.

Federal tax filing extension for 2020 returns

Normally, you must file your tax return by April 15 (aka “Tax Day”). But in 2020, the IRS pushed back the federal tax deadline to July 15 due to the coronavirus. And in 2021, the IRS is once again pushing back the federal tax return deadline.

The new federal tax filing deadline with extension is now May 17, 2021.

Thanks to the IRS extension, you have until May 17 to file your 2020 tax return—without incurring penalties and interest. The IRS payment extension applies to individual taxpayers and those who pay self-employment taxes. However, this extension does not apply to quarterly estimated tax payments due on April 15, 2021.

Due to severe winter storms, the IRS has extended the federal tax deadline to June 15, 2021 for individual and business tax payments in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

You might be wondering, Why is the tax filing deadline extended? This extension aims to give taxpayers more time to file their tax returns, particularly if they owe money to the government.

If you will be receiving a refund, the IRS encourages you to file as soon as possible.

tax filing extensions for individuals for the 2020 tax year

State tax extensions for 2020 returns

Generally, the state tax return deadline is April 15 each year. But with the coronavirus still impacting many individuals, states are beginning to push back state tax return deadlines.

Some states, like Illinois, Louisiana, and Maryland, have extended their deadlines into the summer (e.g., May, June, July), giving taxpayers additional time to file and pay state taxes.

Keep in mind that for many states, the state will automatically waive late-payment penalties for payments remitted by the new tax return due date. However, some states will not waive accrued interest. Consult your state about what penalties and/or interest they automatically waive.

Want to know what your state’s tax return deadline is? Check out our state-by-state overview below.

States may continue updating their tax deadlines if they haven’t already. If you’re unsure, consult your state for more information.

Alabama

Alabama extended its individual returns tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021.

For more information on Alabama’s deadline extension, check out the state’s website.

Alaska

Alabama does not have individual state taxes. However deadlines for other taxes, like corporate income tax returns, may have extensions.

Check out Alaska’s website for additional information about any tax deadline extensions.

Arizona

Arizona hasn’t extended its state income tax deadline yet.

Consult the state for more information about Arizona’s state tax due date.

Arkansas

Arkansas’s tax filing deadline has not changed.

Check with the state for more information on deadlines and potential extensions.

California

California has extended its individual tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021.

For additional information about California’s extension, review the state’s website.

Colorado

Colorado has extended its tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021.

Take a look at Colorado’s website for more information about the extension.

Connecticut

Connecticut’s new tax filing deadline is May 17, 2021.

For more information, consult Connecticut’s website.

D.C.

The District of Columbia has extended its state tax return deadline to May 17, 2021.

Check out D.C.’s website for additional information on the extension.

Delaware

Delaware extended its state income tax deadline to May 17, 2021.

Review Delaware’s website for more details about the tax deadline extension.

Florida

Florida does not have state income tax. Therefore, it does not have any deadline. However, the state may extend other tax deadlines.

Contact the state for more information on potential tax deadline extensions.

Georgia

Georgia has extended its state income tax deadline to May 17, 2021.

For more information, consult Georgia’s website.

Hawaii

Hawaii’s deadline is the same. However, taxpayers can file for the extension if the state does not move the deadline.

Check out Hawaii’s website for more information.

Idaho

Idaho’s deadline has not changed yet. However, legislation could potentially pass to extend the state’s income tax filing deadline.

For more information and updates, check out the state’s website.

Illinois

Illinois’s individual tax filing deadline was extended to May 17, 2021.

Review the state’s website for additional information.

Indiana

Indiana’s state income tax filing deadline has not changed yet.

For additional information about tax extensions, consult the state.

Iowa

Iowa’s tax filing deadline has yet to be changed. However, the state may extend its deadline soon.

Review the state’s website to stay up-to-date on Iowa tax news and extensions.

Kansas

Kansas has extended its state income tax deadline to May 17, 2021.

Take a look at the state’s website to learn more information about individual income tax rules.

Kentucky

Like many other states, Kentucky has extended its deadline to May 17, 2021.

Check out the state’s website for additional details.

Louisiana

Louisiana’s income tax deadline was extended to June 15, 2021.

For more details on the extension, take a look at the state’s website.

Maine

Maine extended its individual tax return due date to May 17, 2021.

Consult Maine’s website for more details about the extension.

Maryland

Maryland extended its state tax deadline to July 15, 2021.

For more details, check out Maryland’s website.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts extended its state tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021 to match the federal due date.

For more information on this extension, check out the state’s website.

Michigan

Michigan’s state tax filing deadline is now May 17, 2021.

Check out Michigan’s website for additional information.

Minnesota

Minnesota extended its tax deadline to May 17, 2021.

Learn more about the extension by checking out the state’s website.

Mississippi

Mississippi’s deadline has not changed yet.

To stay up-to-date on extension news, check out Mississippi’s website.

Missouri

Missouri hasn’t extended its state income tax deadline.

For more information, contact Missouri’s Department of Revenue.

Montana

Montana’s tax due date for 2020 tax returns is now May 17, 2021. However, the deadline for the quarterly estimated tax payments remains the same.

For more information, contact Montana’s Department of Revenue.

Nebraska

Following the IRS’s suit, Nebraska extended the income tax deadline to May 17, 2021. The quarterly estimated tax payments and business tax return deadlines have not been extended.

For more information, contact Nebraska’s Department of Revenue.

Nevada

Nevada does not have state income taxes for individuals.

Want to learn more? Contact Nevada’s Department of Taxation.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire does not have state income taxes for individuals.

Check out New Hampshire’s Department of Revenue Administration website for more information.

New Jersey

New Jersey extended its state income tax deadline to May 17, 2021. This deadline extension does not apply to quarterly estimated tax payments.

You can learn more about the tax payment extension through New Jersey’s Division of Taxation.

New Mexico

New Mexico extended its state income tax deadline to May 17, 2021. Quarterly estimated tax payment and business tax return deadlines remain the same.

For more information, contact New Mexico’s Taxation & Revenue Department.

New York

New York extended the deadline for income tax returns to May 17, 2021. This extension only applies to income tax returns.

Looking for more info? Head on over to New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance website.

North Carolina

North Carolina’s 2021 tax deadline extension for 2020 tax returns is now May 17, 2021.

Get the full scoop on North Carolina’s Department of Revenue website.

North Dakota

North Dakota extended its income tax return deadline to May 17, 2021. This deadline does not apply to business tax returns or estimated tax payments.

You can learn more on North Dakota’s Office of State Tax Commissioner website.

Ohio

Ohio has not extended its state income tax deadline.

For more information, check out Ohio’s Department of Taxation website.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma extended its individual and business tax deadlines—including first quarter estimated tax payments—to June 15, 2021 due to severe winter storms.

For more information on Oklahoma’s extension, contact the state’s Tax Commission Department.

Oregon

Oregon extended its income tax return deadline for individuals to May 17, 2021.

You can learn more about the extension by contacting Oregon’s Department of Revenue.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania extended its state income tax deadline to May 17, 2021. Keep in mind that this applies to individual income taxes and not business tax returns or estimated tax payments.

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s extension on their Department of Revenue website.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island has not extended its income tax return deadline.

For more information, head on over to the state’s Division of Taxation website.

South Carolina

South Carolina’s new tax due date is May 17, 2021 for taxpayers filing an individual tax return.

Learn more about the state’s extension on its Department of Revenue website.

South Dakota

South Dakota does not have state income taxes for individuals.

For more information, check out South Dakota’s Department of Revenue.

Tennessee

Tennessee does not have state income taxes for individuals. Tennessee’s Department of Revenue extended the deadline for Hall income tax returns and franchise and excise tax returns to May 17, 2021.

You can learn more on the state’s website.

Texas

Texas does not have state income taxes for individuals. However, the state extended its franchise tax deadline to June 15, 2021 in response to severe winter storms.

You can learn more from the state’s Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Utah

Utah extended the deadline for only individual income tax returns to May 17, 2021.

Check out Utah’s State Tax Commission website to learn more.

Vermont

Vermont extended the deadline for individual income tax returns to May 17, 2021.

For more information, check out Vermont’s Department of Taxes.

Virginia

Virginia’s tax deadline for 2020 tax returns is now May 17, 2021. Estimated tax payments are still due on April 15, 2021.

Contact Virginia’s Department of Taxation for more information.

Washington

Washington does not have state income taxes for individuals.

For more information, contact Washington’s Department of Revenue.

West Virginia

West Virginia’s tax deadline is extended to May 17, 2021. This deadline extension is only for individual income tax returns.

Want more information? Check out West Virginia’s Department of Revenue website.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s tax deadline is now May 17, 2021. Like the federal deadline and most states, this does not apply to estimated tax payments or other taxes due April 15, 2021.

For more information, contact Wisconsin’s Department of Revenue.

Wyoming

Wyoming does not have state income taxes for individuals.

You can learn more through Wyoming’s Department of Revenue.

Local tax extensions for 2020 returns

But wait, there’s more! If you’re in an area with local income tax, you might be wondering if there’s a local tax extension, too. Well, it depends.

Most localities follow federal and state deadlines. As a result, your locality may extend its deadline for your local tax return, too.

Not sure if your locality extended the deadline for 2020 tax returns? Consider giving them a call or looking on their website to learn more.

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