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Tax Year 2020 Calendar: Important Federal Dates and Deadlines

January 7, 2021

  • The Intuit Electronic Filing Center begins accepting and holding/processing 2020 tax returns that are final and able to be e-filed.
  • The IRS starts processing returns on February 12, 2021. A few returns will be processed up to a week before this date for testing purposes.
    • If your return is among those that the IRS processes early as part of its testing, your tax refund (if any) won't be processed until after February 12, 2021.

January 15, 2021

  • Due date for fourth installment of 2020 estimated tax payments.

February 12, 2021

  • The IRS starts processing previously stockpiled returns on a first-in, first-out basis.
    • IRS begins processing previously stockpiled returns at 9 A.M. Eastern time.
      • Note: Due to the enormous backlog of returns waiting to be processed, this does not imply that the IRS will process your return at 9 A.M. Eastern time.
    • If you e-filed on or before January 22, please allow up to 72 hours to receive an acknowledgement.
  • The IRS will run a small number of stockpiled returns through their systems up to a week before this date for testing purposes.
    • If yours is one of them, please note that your tax refund (if any) will not be processed until after February 12.

March 15, 2021

  • Deadline for filing an S Corporation or Partnership return or extension.

April 15, 2021

  • Deadline for filing a 2020 calendar-year corporation or calendar-year estates/trusts tax return or extension.
  • Due date for first installment of 2021 estimated tax payments.
  • Deadline to claim a 2017 tax year refund.

May 17, 2021

  • Deadline for filing a 2020 personal return or extension.
  • The return or extension must be postmarked or transmitted for e-filing by Monday, May 17.
    • If you owe: To avoid late payment penalties and interest, any taxes you owe must be paid by this date even if you filed an extension.
    • If you're expecting a refund: If you missed the May 17 filing deadline, you have until May 16, 2024 to file and still receive your refund. After that date, unclaimed 2020 refunds become the property of the Department of the Treasury.

June 15, 2021

  • Deadline for filing a 2020 personal return for U.S. citizens or residents living and working abroad, including military duty.
  • Due date for second installment of 2021 estimated tax payments

September 15, 2021

  • Final deadline to file your 2020 S corporation or partnership tax return if you filed an extension.
  • Due date for third installment of 2021 estimated tax payments.

October 1, 2021

  • Final deadline to file your 2020 calendar-year estate/trust tax return if you filed an extension.

October 15, 2021

  • Final deadline to file your 2020 personal tax return if you filed an extension.

October 20, 2021

  • Final deadline to resubmit a rejected return that was originally e-filed on or before October 15.
    • If you're expecting a refund and miss the October 20 final cutoff date, you have until October 15, 2024 to file a paper return and claim your 2020 refund. After that date, any refund would be forfeited to the Department of the Treasury.

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