Tax Day is now May 17. How the new date affects your taxes and stimulus checkMarch 19, 2021
To buy you more time to the US Treasury and IRS said they will , the date by which you need to file your taxes, to May 17, “to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic.”,
The IRS had starteda little later than usual this year, giving taxpayers fewer days to prepare and file than in previous years. With the IRS already waist-deep in tax season, and , the move will give the agency — and individuals — more time to prepare and process tax forms.
Adding to the IRS’ plate this year, anyare linked to your taxes, and could be used to determine how much money you’ll get in a , plus it could affect . Here’s what you need to know about this year’s Tax Day and how moving it back could affect you in more ways than one.
With the new IRS May 17 tax deadline, does that delay me from paying my taxes, too?
Yes, without penalty. According to the IRS, “individual taxpayers can also postpone federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year due on April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.”
If you need time beyond May 17, you can, which gives you more time to complete and send in your paperwork to the IRS. The IRS said individual taxpayers do not need to file forms or call the IRS to qualify for the extension.
The new extension doesn’t get you off the hook for estimated tax payments, however. The IRS said the May 17 deadline does not apply to those who make estimated payments, which are still due on April 15.
According to Barry Melancon, president and CEO of AICPA, a professional organization for certified public accountants, the postponement doesn’t go far enough. “This IRS extension does not extend to the millions of small business owners and individuals who pay estimated taxes,” he said. “This selective decision by the IRS unfortunately creates more bureaucracy and confusion and is out of sync with real world stresses that taxpayers, tax practitioners and small businesses are dealing with.”
Does the new tax deadline affect the third round of stimulus checks?
Since stimulus payments and, pushing back the tax date could affect the .
First, the IRS uses, if processed, when it determines the amount you’d get in your . Specifically, the IRS looks at the , on your 2020 form to help figure out your payment, using a . But the tax agency will use your 2019 return if your 2020 taxes haven’t been accepted by the time a new bill is passed. That could work in your favor if your income from 2019 was lower than your income from 2020. However, if your 2020 tax return would , like if you , you’d want to file as soon as possible, so the IRS processes your 2020 taxes before releasing .
Postponing the tax deadline, but again, it means you have to any missing stimulus money, and if there’s a difference between your 2019 and 2020 taxes, you’d have to wait .
What a new tax deadline could mean for your missing stimulus payments
Your federal tax returns this year are also how you’ll recover any money the IRS owes you from the first two. If you either didn’t get a payment or got less than you were , you can as a rebate credit when you file this year. — those who aren’t normally required to file a tax return. If you wait to file your taxes closer to a new, later due date, you’re also , which will be bundled .
Would my state’s tax due date be the same as the new federal deadline?
Last year, all states that collect personal income tax shifted their filing deadlines to around the July 15, 2020, which was the federal tax deadline, according to the American Institute of CPAs. If the IRS postpones the filing deadline again this year, we expect states to follow.
For more details on taxes this year, we spell out the, and when you file your taxes.
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