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October 16 tax extension deadline looms for millions

    Published October 9, 2023 – The Internal Revenue Service hereby issues a formal reminder pertaining to the imminent tax filing extension deadline. It is imperative that individuals who have obtained an extension for their 2022 tax return diligently file their Form 1040 on or before the prescribed date of October 16 to obviate any prospective late filing sanctions.

    Taxpayers residing in disaster-affected areas across most of California, as well as select regions in Alabama and Georgia, are granted an extension until October 16, 2023, for the filing of federal individual and business tax returns, along with associated tax payments.

    Special provisions for extended filing deadlines pertain to individuals with IRS-registered addresses within FEMA-declared disaster areas and military personnel returning from combat zones. Those include:

    • Taxpayers who have been impacted by flooding in Illinois and Alaska are granted an extension to file their tax returns until October 31, 2023.
    • Residents in Vermont who have been affected by the recent flooding now have a deadline to keep in mind. They must file any related claims by November 15, 2023.
    • In the wake of recent natural disasters, which include the Maui fires and hurricane Idalia affecting regions of Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, taxpayers are given an extended filing deadline. Individuals and businesses residing in counties like Maui, Hawaii, as well as many counties in Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, now have until February 24, 2024, to submit their various tax returns. Keep in mind that this list is continuously evolving. Taxpayers who may be affected by recent storms are advised to consult the disaster relief page on for the most up-to-date information.
    • Those in the military and individuals serving in combat zones are provided with a 180-day timeframe following their exit from the combat zone to file their tax returns and meet any tax payment obligations.

    Explore the IRS Free File program and other online tax resources.

    IRS Free File is accessible until October 16, allowing qualified taxpayers the convenience of preparing and electronically filing their federal income tax returns with the help of guided tax preparation software. This service is available to individuals or families whose adjusted gross income (AGI) for 2022 was $73,000 or less. Taxpayers can make use of IRS Free File to claim significant tax credits, including the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit. For those with an AGI above $73,000 who prefer to handle their own tax return preparation, IRS Free File Fillable Forms is a suitable alternative.

    The IRS offers an Interactive Tax Assistant tool that can help taxpayers find answers to numerous tax law questions. The IRS provides tax information in numerous languages, accessible by clicking the “English” tab on the home page.

    The IRS Online Account feature furnishes taxpayers with essential information to assist in the accurate filing of their returns. This includes details such as the adjusted gross income (AGI) from the previous year’s return, estimated tax payment figures, and any refunds applied as a credit.

    Manage and pay using electronic scheduling tools.

    Taxpayers have the flexibility to file their federal taxes at any time and can schedule payments up to the October 16 due date. Some key things to keep in mind:

    • Electronic payment methods offer taxpayers a hassle-free and adaptable way to fulfill their tax obligations.
    • Taxpayers can enjoy the benefits of IRS Direct Pay, a user-friendly online payment method, which allows them to make free payments directly from their checking or savings accounts. They can also set up payments for up to a year in advance.
    • While paying taxes, individuals can choose to use a credit card, debit card, or digital wallet through a payment processor.
    • The IRS2Go mobile app simplifies the payment process by offering mobile-friendly options, such as Direct Pay and payments with debit or credit cards.
    • Taxpayers looking for a convenient and secure way to make federal tax payments can rely on the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). Payments can be made online or by phone using the EFTPS Voice Response System.

    Source: Oct. 16 tax filing extension deadline nears for millions of taxpayers –