2022 Tax Deadline, Extension, & All Tax Season Dates (for 2021 Tax Year)

This article has been updated for the 2022 tax season (the 2021 tax and calendar year). It’s January and other than frigid cold temperatures and seasonal mood disorder, you know what that means – tax season has arrived. This article will cover important key dates for the 2022 tax season, including the tax filing start date, tax deadline, extension filing deadline, extended deadline, estimated tax payment deadlines, and much more (even some discounted tax software at the end).




When is the 2022 Tax Deadline for Filing (for the 2021 Tax Year)?

The IRS tax deadline to file your tax return will be Monday, April 18, 2022. This falls a few days after the typical tax deadline of April 15, which falls on a Friday. If the standard tax deadline falls on a weekend (including Fridays) or a holiday, it is typically pushed to the next business day.

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There are some early exceptions to this standard:

  • April 19: 1 extra day for Maine and Massachusetts (state holidays).
  • May 16: there are extended deadlines for the victims of natural disasters that happened within specified times/locations for Colorado (wildfires) and ArkansasIllinoisKentucky and Tennessee (storms and tornadoes).

Tax Filing Postmark & E-File Deadline

The April 18 tax deadline does not refer to when the IRS receives your tax return. Instead, it refers to the date that the tax return is postmarked. So if you mail out your tax return on April 18 by USPS mail and the IRS receives your tax return after that date, your return won’t be considered late. The same rule applies for e-filing your taxes. If you e-file your taxes, you must do so by April 18 as well.

Will there be an Extended Tax Deadline in 2022?

With COVID challenges, the tax deadline has been extended in recent years to provide more time for taxpayers and the government to get things together. States followed suit in recent years. There hasn’t been any official word from the IRS, but I do not anticipate a tax deadline extension in 2022. I could see a few states extending their deadlines. Check back here for updates.

Note: the HSA Contribution Deadline and IRA Contribution Deadline are the Same as the Tax Deadline

Note that the HSA contribution deadline and IRA contribution deadline also fall on the same day as the tax deadline. This means you have a few additional months to contribute for the tax and calendar year, beyond the actual tax and calendar year end. You can also open new accounts to contribute to up until the same date, which is great news for savers.




When is the Tax Deadline if I’m Out of the Country?

Your tax filing deadline and payment deadline, if you are out of country, is Wednesday, June 15, 2022. If you are out of country, you typically have an additional two months to file your taxes (from the typical April 15 date). Those eligible for this later date include:

  • Those who live outside the United States and Puerto Rico and main place of work is outside the United States and Puerto Rico, or
  • Those in military or naval service outside the United States and Puerto Rico (there is additional lenience for those in a combat zone, contingent operation, or who have been hospitalized).

If you qualify as being out of the country, you will still be eligible for the extension even if you are physically present in the United States. You must attach a statement to your return explaining which of the two situations qualify you for the extension.

Tax Extension Application Filing Deadline

If, for one reason or another, you are unable to file your tax return by the April 18, 2022 tax deadline, you can file for an IRS tax extension. Note that the extension must be postmarked by the April 18 deadline also.

Also, a key disclaimer – an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay. Any taxes due are still due on the normal filing deadline date, in order to avoid penalty.

How to File a Tax Extension

To file a tax extension, you will need to fill out IRS form 4868. Note that filing the extension does not get you off the hook, you still need to pay any estimated taxes by the April 18 deadline. If you don’t you will owe interest and possibly a penalty on your taxes owed.

The tax extension will allow simply to push back the deadline for sending in your 1040 by 6 months (4 months if you are out of the country). If you’re in country, the extended tax filing deadline is Monday, October 17, 2022 (normally October 15, but that falls on a Saturday in 2022).

What are the Estimated Tax Payment Deadlines?

If you make estimated tax payments quarterly, due to earning contractual or self-employed income, here are the 4 quarterly estimated payment deadlines in 2022:

Quarter:Time Period:Estimated Tax Payment Deadlines (2022):
1January 1 - March 31April 18, 2022
2April 1 - May 31June 15, 2022
3June 1 - August 31September 15, 2022
4September 1 - December 31January 17, 2023

When is the Tax Filing Start Date?

The tax filing start date this year is Monday, January 24, 2022. It has historically been the 4th Monday in January, but the last few years were delayed with COVID complexities. You can start working on your taxes sooner, however, software companies will hold your returns and cannot submit them to the IRS electronically via e-filing until the tax filing start date. Paper tax returns will begin processing at the same time. Your return will not be processed prior to, and you won’t receive your refund until after your return is processed.

I would recommend not filing a return sooner than the tax filing start date, because tax software companies will often update their software to take in to account any IRS changes.

Do I Need to File a Tax Return?

You may be wondering “Do I need to file taxes?“. It’s a fair question. There may be scenarios where you do not need to file taxes, including if your income is below certain minimum income thresholds. However, even in those scenarios, it could still be advantageous to file a return, as you may be eligible for refundable tax credits.

What if I File an Incorrect or Incomplete Return?

If you’ve already filed your taxes, but later found your return to be incorrect or incomplete, here is how to file an amended tax return with the IRS. You may also need to file an amended state return.

When will I Get My Refund?

As a standard, the IRS anticipates issuing more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days.

However, a newer law requires the IRS to hold refunds on tax returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit until mid-February. Under the change required by Congress in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, the IRS must hold the entire refund — even the portion not associated with the EITC and ACTC — until at least Feb. 15. This change helps ensure that taxpayers get the refund they are owed by giving the IRS more time to help detect and prevent fraud.

After filing, you can always check your tax refund status to see where your refund is at.

Where Should you File your Taxes?

Check out my soon to be revised list of the best tax prep software and best & cheapest ways to e-file for more suggestions. A few of my favorites over the years (with discounts from affiliate partnerships) include:

  1. H&R Block: 20% off at link on paid versions
  2. TurboTax: up to $20 off at link on paid versions
  3. TaxSlayer: 35%+ off at link on paid versions
  4. TaxAct: 20% off at link on paid versions

Also, when it comes time to pay your taxes, I would recommend that you pay taxes online, as it is quicker, safer, and more reliable.

Want more tax filing tips? I’ll be revising my breakdown of how to do your taxes basics shortly.

Tax Deadlines, Extension, & Start Date Discussion

  • When will you start preparing your taxes?
  • Will you be filing a tax deadline extension this year?
  • How are you preparing and filing your taxes this year?

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