Time is running short for taxpayers who requested an extra six months to file their 2021 tax return. As a reminder, Monday, October 17, 2022, is the extension deadline for most taxpayers. Taxpayers are encouraged to file a complete and accurate return electronically as early as possible once they have gathered all their information. There’s no need to wait until the October deadline.
For those still waiting on their 2020 tax return to be processed, here’s a tip to help with e-filing a 2021 tax return: To validate and successfully submit an electronically filed tax return to the IRS, taxpayers need their Adjusted Gross Income, or AGI, from their most recent tax return. Those waiting on their 2020 tax return can still file their 2021 return by entering $0 for their 2020 AGI on their 2021 tax return. Remember, if using the same tax preparation software as last year, this field will auto-populate.
For taxpayers who have not yet filed, here are a few things to keep in mind about the extension deadline and taxes:
1. Taxpayers can still e-file returns. Electronic filing is the easiest, safest, and most accurate way to file taxes. Taxpayers who haven’t filed a 2021 tax return yet – including extension filers – can file electronically any time before the October deadline and avoid the last-minute rush to file.
2. Choose direct deposit. For taxpayers owed a refund, the fastest way to get it is to combine direct deposit and e-file. The IRS processes most e-filed returns and issues direct deposit refunds in less than three weeks.
3. Taxpayers who owe taxes should consider using IRS Direct Pay, a simple, quick, and free way to pay from a checking or savings account using a computer or mobile device. There are also other online payment options. Please call the office if you need details about other payment options.
4. Members of the military and those serving in a combat zone generally get more time to file. Military members typically have until at least 180 days after leaving a combat zone to file returns and pay any tax due.
5. Taxpayers should always keep a copy of tax returns for their records. Keeping copies of tax returns can help taxpayers prepare future tax returns or assist with amending a prior year’s return.