IRS Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadline

Posted by ANGELA RICH HARTMANN | Mar 23, 2021

IRS Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadline

On March 17, 2021, the IRS issued IR-2021-59, which announced that the federal filing and payment deadline for individual taxpayers, including those who pay self-employment tax, has been extended to May 17, 2021, due to the challenges and unique circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to continue to do everything possible to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic, while also working on important tax administration responsibilities," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Even with the new deadline, we urge taxpayers to consider filing as soon as possible, especially those who are owed refunds. Filing electronically with direct deposit is the quickest way to get refunds, and it can help some taxpayers more quickly receive any remaining stimulus payments they may be entitled to."

The extension does not apply to estimated tax payments due on April 15, 2021. Victims of February winter storms in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana still have until June 15, 2021, to file individual and business tax returns and make payments as announced by the IRS earlier in March.

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