No big surprises this year. The last day to file taxes in 2016, for the 2015 tax year, is April 18, 2016.
This is a few days later than the normal mid-April date since Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on the 15th. In the past it’s also been pushed back because of the way the weekend falls and because of the holiday.
This year you will have a few more extra days to work on your taxes. But don’t wait until the last minute! Complete your taxes and get to the post office early if you still file a paper return.
Here are some more tax deadlines in 2016:
- January 31, 2016 – Date by which you should have received a W-2 from employers you worked for during the tax year. If not, contact their HR/Payroll department to resend tax documents
- March 15, 2016 – Last day for corporations to file their 2013 taxes using Forms 1120, 1120A, and 1120S. They can also file an extension using Form 7004.
- April 18 2016 – Last day to file 2015 taxes as an individual. Extension Form 4868 should be filed if you can’t complete your return on this date. Payment needs to be made though.
- May 15, 2016 – Last day for non-profits to file their 2015 Form 990.
- September 15, 2016 – Last day for corporations to file extended returns.
- October 15, 2016 – Last day for individuals to file extended returns.
Let’s hope that we don’t have another delay from the IRS this year due to last minute tax law changes enacted by Congress. This page will be updated if there are any delays in dates of return acceptance by the IRS.
Where To File Your Tax Return
- TurboTax – TurboTax offers free online filing for federal tax returns as well as discounted software for more extensive returns. Every year I’ve filed my tax returns, I’ve used TurboTax and the process has been extremely simply.
- H&R Block – H&R Block is better known for their brick and mortar branches, but now they’ve amassed a fantastic online option. Whether you need a free federal file, deluxe or business package, H&R Block can deliver. And from now until the end of tax season, they’re offering 25% off their services.
- FreeTaxUSA – Owned by TaxHawk, FreeTaxUSA was founded in 2001 and has been provided free federal tax returns for over a decade. There is no fee for returning users to roll over previous years tax data and the costs for state or deluxe filers is much lower than other sites ($12.95 / $5.95 respectfully).
Are you planning on filing as soon as possible or waiting until the 18th of April?