Can Taxes Be Filed After the Official Deadline?

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In case it passed you by, Tax Day this year was on April 18. If you said “Oops!” after reading that, you’ll be interested in today’s blog: can you file your taxes after the official deadline? Keep reading to find out. 

Can Taxes Be Filed After the Official Deadline?

The short and simple answer is yes, you can file your tax return even after the official deadline has passed.

Ideally, you should always file and pay your taxes by the due date. However, even though taxes are a priority for most people, it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a situation when you can’t file on time. 

Here are some good reasons to file your taxes even if you missed the original deadline:

  • Avoid interests and penalties. These can add up fast, so filing and paying even a part of what you owe can make a big difference.
  • Claim your refund. In addition to giving you peace of mind, filing a past due tax return is als an opportunity to claim a refund 
  • Protect your social security benefits. If you are self-employed and don’t file a federal tax return, any self-employment income will not be reported to the Social Security Administration.
  • Avoid issues with loans. When you apply for a loan, most financial institutions will require you to provide copies of filed tax returns.

Filing Back Tax Returns

If you didn’t file your taxes on time, seek the assistance of a tax professional to file and pay as soon as possible. This will save you headaches and will limit any failure-to-file and failure-to-pay penalties.

It’s worth keeping in mind that there are no penalties for late filing if you are owed a refund. 

As always, remember that all this information refers to federal taxes. Local taxes have different rules and deadlines. 

If you need help filing a past due return, contact the IRS or get in touch with JT Tax Services. We’ll be glad to offer assistance and answer all your questions. 

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