Tax Season 2024: All the Tax Filing Deadlines to Know This Year

The deadline to file your taxes is still a couple months away, but gathering your important tax documents from employers, mortgage companies, investment firms and more can take a bit of time. Once you’re set to file, here are this tax season’s deadlines for filing and paying your taxes.

This story is part of Taxes 2024, CNET’s coverage of the best tax software, tax tips and everything else you need to file your return and track your refund.

When it comes to state taxes, a majority of states adhere to the federal government’s timetable, but some have their own schedule. (See more below.)

Here are the dates you need to know to get you through this tax season. For more on taxes, here’s how to set up an account on the IRS website, what to know about this year’s child tax credit and what to know about our picks for the best tax software.

Read more: File Early and Get Up to 20% Off Your 2023 Taxes With TurboTax

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How soon can I file my 2023 tax return?

The 2024 tax season officially began on Jan. 29. That means the agency is now accepting and processing tax returns if you’d like to get an early start on submitting them. 

Note that employers are required to send employees their W-2 and 1099 income tax forms by the end of January, so if you don’t have yours yet check your mailbox and contact your company’s HR or payroll department.

When is the deadline for filing a 2023 tax return with the IRS?

If you like to wait till the last second, the deadline to file federal tax returns for most taxpayers is Monday, April 15, 2024.

Taxpayers living in Maine or Massachusetts have until Wednesday, April 17, 2024, to file because of the Patriot’s Day and Emancipation Day holidays, the IRS said. 

If you live in a federally declared disaster area — such as parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island this year — you may have additional time to file.

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

What’s the deadline to file for a tax extension? 

April 15 is also the deadline to file a tax extension with the IRS. Getting an extension doesn’t change the payment deadline. It just gives you until October to complete the relevant paperwork. You still have to pay any estimate amount you owe by April 15 to avoid late penalties.

Some states have later tax return deadlines

What about deadlines for filing state taxes? Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming don’t collect income taxes.

Of the 41 states that do, most adhere to the April 15 federal filing deadline. There are some exceptions, including Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana and Virginia.

In most cases, taxpayers can request an automatic filing extension for their state, but they 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 IRS says taxpayers who file electronically and are due a refund can expect their refund within 21 days — if they choose direct deposit and there are no issues with their return.

By law, the IRS must wait until at least mid-February 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. 27, 2024, for taxpayers who use direct deposit and have no other issues.

For more on taxes, learn which tax-prep software is the best and get up to speed on tax breaks for homeowners.

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