Can You Still File Taxes? A Guide to the Deadline and Extension Options.

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As tax season comes to a close, many taxpayers may still be wondering if they can still file their taxes. The answer is yes! However, it’s important to understand the deadlines and extension options available.

Understanding Tax Deadlines

The original deadline for filing federal income tax returns is April 15th of each year. If you don’t file your taxes by this date, you may be subject to penalties and interest on any unpaid balance due. But what if you need more time? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provisions in place to accommodate taxpayers who need additional time to file their returns.

Extension Options

If you’re unable to meet the April 15th deadline, there are several extension options available that can give you additional time to file your tax return:

Automatic Extension

You can automatically get an additional six months (until October 15th) to file by simply filling out Form 4868. This extension is automatic, meaning you don’t need to provide a reason for needing more time. However, it’s important to note that this extension does not grant you more time to pay your taxes. You should estimate and pay any owed taxes by your regular deadline to help avoid possible penalties.

IRS Free File

One of the easiest ways to get an extension is by using the IRS Free File program. This service is available to all taxpayers, regardless of income, and can be used to electronically request an extension on Form 4868. The deadline to file for an extension using this method is the regular due date of your return.

Extension with Payment

You can also get an extension by electronically paying all or part of your estimated income tax due and indicating the payment is for an extension. This can be done using IRS Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or by paying with a credit or debit card or digital wallet. If you choose this method, you won’t have to file a separate extension form.

Special Circumstances

For taxpayers in certain disaster areas, the IRS provides additional relief. You do not need to submit an extension electronically or on paper if you qualify. Check the IRS website to see if you qualify and the due date of your return.


By now it should be clear that although April 15th serves as an initial deadline for filing federal income tax returns, there remain several flexible extensions so that taxpayers can fully comply according to their own timeline while minimizing any related fees or expenses. It’s crucial to stay informed regarding important dates and deadlines about Federal Income Taxes by referring to reliable sources, including IRS publications and local/state government financial policies.


1. Can I still file my taxes after the deadline has passed?

Yes, you can still file your taxes after the deadline has passed (usually April 15th), but you may face penalties and interest for any taxes owed. As of the current tax year, individuals have until October 15th to file their federal income tax returns without incurring a late fee or penalty if they have requested an extension. If you miss this deadline, it’s recommended that you file as soon as possible to avoid further penalties.

2. What if I can’t afford to pay my taxes by the deadline?

If you cannot afford to pay all of your taxes owed by the filing deadline (usually April 15th), it’s still important that you file your tax return on time and make payment arrangements with the IRS. The IRS offers various payment options such as installment plans or an offer in compromise for those who qualify.

3. Can I get an extension on my tax filing due date?

Yes, taxpayers can request an extension of up to six months (October 15th) beyond the original due date by completing IRS Form 4868 before April 15th or the current year’s extended deadlines. This gives taxpayers additional time beyond the regular May/June extended period which is contingency based (as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic). It is important to remember that an extension only applies to filing a return, not paying any balances owed. Payments should be made on estimated liability at least equaling what was paid last year when requesting extensions, otherwise penalties will apply starting from March or July depending upon situations.