June 24, 2022 If you have yet to file your 2021 tax return — even if you requested an extension of time — you can file electronically as early as possible once you have all your information together. There's no need to wait until the October 17 deadline. Reminders to make filing easier: Get help on IRS.gov. Use the online tools and resources on IRS.gov that range from tax preparation and refund tracking tools, to tax law research tools like the Interactive Tax Assistant. File electronically any time before the October deadline and choose direct deposit for your refund. Payment options. If you owe taxes, review all payment options online and choose the one that is best for your situation to avoid additional interest and penalties.