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Most Americans Have 2 Days Left to File Taxes: All the State and Federal Deadlines

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Most Americans Have 2 Days Left to File Taxes: All the State and Federal Deadlines

This story is part of Taxes 2023, CNET’s coverage of the best tax software, tax tips and everything else you need to file your return and track your refund.

The 2023 deadline for filing taxes — April 18 — has almost arrived. Most Americans only have two more days to submit their 2022 federal tax returns without risk of penalties.

However, due to tornadoes and other recent severe storms, the IRS has given some taxpayers in several states automatic extensions of varying lengths. If that’s not you, you’ll need to finish your taxes by Tuesday or file a free tax extension for more time.

And when it comes to state taxes, while most states adhere to the federal government’s timetable, some have their own schedule.

Here are all the deadlines you need to know for tax year 2022.

For more on taxes, learn how to set up an account on the IRS website, and how to file on your phone.

When are federal tax returns due?

The official deadline to file federal tax returns is Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

That’s because April 15 is on a Saturday and the next weekday, April 17, is recognized as Emancipation Day in Washington, DC. According to the IRS, “by law, Washington, DC, holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way federal holidays do.” 

The agency has delayed the filing deadline, however, in states impacted by severe weather conditions over the past several months. 

  • New York residents impacted by winter storms and snowstorms in December have until May 15, 2023, to file their returns and make payments. 
  • Taxpayers in ArkansasMississippi and Tennessee affected by tornadoes, high winds and severe storms in March now have until July 31, 2023.
  • Due to winter storms, mudslides and other natural disasters, the IRS has also given residents of Alabama, California and Georgia until Oct. 16, 2023, to file federal returns and make payments.

The full list of states and counties eligible for extensions is available on the IRS’ Tax Relief in Disaster Situations website.

If you’re serving in the military abroad you may also be granted additional time to file your return.

When is the deadline if I file for an extension? 

Taxpayers requesting a filing extension on their federal return will have until Oct. 16, 2023. 

Filing an extension doesn’t push back your payment deadline, though. You still need to submit anything you owe on time to avoid late penalties. An extension just gives you more time to complete your return.

When are state taxes due?

Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming do not collect income taxes.

Of the 41 states that do, most are adhering to the April 18 federal filing deadline. There are some exceptions.

State tax deadline exceptions

California has extended the deadline for state returns for residents affected by severe weather conditions to May 18, 2023.

Taxpayers in Tennessee affected by the March 31 and April 1 storms have until July 31, 2023, to file.

To date, residents in other states with federal filing extensions must still file their state returns by April 18, 2023. In most cases, taxpayers can request an automatic filing extension but they will still have to make any outstanding payments by the original deadline.

Check with your state department of revenue for the most up-to-date information.  

When can I expect my refund?

The agency says taxpayers who file electronically and are due a refund can expect it within 21 days — if they choose direct deposit and there are no issues with their return.

By law, the IRS must wait to issue refunds to taxpayers who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit. According to the agency, those payments should be received by Feb. 28.

For more on taxes, find out about changes in the law that could affect your tax refund, learn which tax-prep software is the best and get the download on tax breaks for homeowners.

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