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What if I missed the May 17 filing deadline?

If you still owe taxes on your 2020 return, file your return as soon as possible, even if you can't pay your tax bill right away. The late-filing penalty can be up to 10 times higher than the late-payment penalty, and the longer you wait, the higher the penalty.

On the other hand, if you're getting a refund, you have until May 17, 2024 (or October 15, 2024 if you filed an extension) to file and claim your refund. There is no late-filing penalty in this case, but if you don't file within the allotted timeframe, the U.S. Treasury gets to keep you "donation."

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