Most federal tax returns are due; people who can’t pay should still file on time

IRS Tax Tip 2022-59, April 18, 2022

The filing and payment deadline for most 2021 federal tax returns has arrived. Taxpayers should file or request an extension of time to file and pay any taxes they owe by the April 18, 2022, deadline to avoid penalties and interest. Taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts have until April 19, 2022, to pay to file their returns due to the Patriots' Day holiday in those states.

Here are some tips for taxpayers who owe tax, but who can't immediately pay their tax bill.

Taxpayers should:

  • File their tax return or request an extension of time to file by the deadline.
     
    • People who owe tax and do not file their return on time or request an extension may face a failure-to-file penalty.
    • Taxpayers should remember that an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay.
      • An extension gives taxpayers until October 17, 2022, to file their 2021 tax return, but taxes owed are still due the April deadline.
         
  • Pay as much as possible by the April due date.
     
    • Whether filing a return or requesting an extension, taxpayers must pay their tax bill in full by the April filing deadline to avoid penalties and interest.
    • People who do not pay their taxes on time will face a failure-to-pay penalty.
    • IRS.gov has information for taxpayers who can't afford to pay taxes they owe.
       
  • Set up a payment plan as soon as possible.
     

Some disaster victimstaxpayers living overseasmilitary service members and eligible support personnel in combat zones have more time beyond the April deadline to file and pay their taxes.

Taxpayers should also check their state filing and payment deadlines, which may be different from the federal April 18 deadline. A list of state tax division websites is available through the Federation of Tax Administrators.

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