What if I missed the April 18, 2016 filing deadline?
If you're getting a refund, there's no need to panic.
2015 tax returns that are due a refund have until April 15, 2019 (October 15, 2019 with an extension) to be filed with the IRS before the statute of limitations on the refund runs out. If you don't file by then, the U.S. Treasury simply keeps your "donation."
However, if you owe additional tax, file your return as soon as you can, even if you can't pay your tax bill right away.
The late-filing penalty can be 10 times higher than the late-payment penalty, and the longer you wait, the worse it gets.
- What's the IRS penalty for filing late?
- What if I can't pay my taxes?
- What happens if I don't file my taxes?
- Can I file an extension after April 18?
- What if I e-filed before the April 15 deadline but my return got rejected?
- What if my e-file still hasn't been accepted by April 15?
- Can I still e-file after April 18?
- Can I file my return after April 18 without being considered late?