July 21, 2022 If you haven't filed your 2021 tax return, the IRS encourages you to file electronically as early as possible. If you have your information together, there's no need to wait until the October extension deadline. Filing soon and choosing direct deposit can help get a refund quicker. If you owe, filing and paying as much as you can, as soon as you can, will reduce penalties and interest. Even if you're not required to file, you still have time to file and claim your full child tax credit or recovery rebate credit, if eligible. Electronic filing options, including IRS Free File, are available on IRS.gov through October 17.