Extension filers: Tax help is always available on IRS.gov

IRS Tax Tip 2020-89, July 21, 2020

The deadline for taxpayers who requested an extension to file is going to be here before they know it. The deadline for these filers to submit their 2019 federal tax returns is Thursday, October 15, 2020. Taxpayers who have not yet filed can find many helpful resources on IRS.gov. Here are a few of them:

  • IRS Free File

    Taxpayers who earned $69,000 or less in 2019 can file using free brand-name tax software. Those who earned more can use Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms. Either way, everyone has a free e-file option. Filing electronically is the easiest, safest and most accurate way to file taxes.

  • Where's My Refund?

    Taxpayers can check the status of their refund within 24 hours after the IRS has received their e-filed return. Once the IRS approves a refund, this tool will give the taxpayer a date by which to expect it. The IRS updates Where's My Refund? once a day. Agency employees can only research a taxpayer's refund status 21 days after the taxpayer filed electronically or if this tool directs the taxpayer to call the IRS.

Taxpayers who requested an extension can file when they are ready but should file by October 15, 2020 deadline to avoid penalties and interest that might apply. In some cases, a taxpayer filing after the deadline may qualify for penalty relief. The IRS offers a variety of ways for taxpayers to pay their taxes.

Some disaster victims, military service members and eligible support personnel in combat zones have more time to file and pay their taxes.

The IRS is processing tax returns, issuing refunds and accepting payments. Taxpayers who mail or who have already mailed a tax return will experience a longer wait. The IRS will process these returns in the order received and there is no need to file a second tax return or call the IRS.

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