Summer is winding down and the filing deadline for people who requested an extension is quickly approaching. Everyone who still needs to file a 2021 tax return should do so as soon as possible.
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers who missed Monday's April 18 tax-filing deadline to file as soon as possible. While taxpayers due a refund receive no penalty for filing late, those who owe and missed the deadline without requesting an extension should file quickly to limit penalties and interest.
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.
In 2021, the IRS issued more than 175 million third-round Economic Impact Payments, totaling over $400 billion. Most eligible people already received the full amount of their credit in advance and don't need to include any information about this payment when they file their 2021 tax return.
The IRS issues most refunds in fewer than 21 days for taxpayers who file electronically and choose direct deposit. However, some returns have errors or need more review and may take longer to process. The IRS works hard to get refunds to taxpayers quickly, but taxpayers shouldn’t rely on getting a refund by a certain date.
Taxpayers who can’t pay the full amount of federal taxes they owe should file their tax return on time and pay as much as possible. This will help reduce penalties and interest. If they can’t pay their full bill, they have some other options.