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How do I pay my tax bill after April 18 if I’m in a federally declared disaster area?

SOLVEDby TurboTax24Updated April 11, 2023

Taxpayers in declared natural disaster areas now have extended deadlines to file individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. Here’s more detailed info.

TurboTax Online and TurboTax CD/Download customers filing federal returns with a balance due are experiencing an issue when trying to schedule direct debit payments for a date later than April 18, 2023, as the IRS doesn’t accept direct debit transactions for dates after April 18. 

You have a few options to pay your federal tax balance due after April 18 and before your state’s deadline:

  • You can e-file any time prior to the deadline and schedule your payment via IRS Direct Pay (which allows you to choose a payment date in the future)
  • You can e-file any time prior to the deadline and mail in a check or pay by credit card
  • You can print out your return and mail it to the IRS with a check on the date on which you would like to pay your balance due prior to the deadline

The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in a disaster area. If you receive a late filing or late payment penalty notice, call the IRS at the number on the notice to have your penalty abated.

For information about extensions for filing state returns, consult your state’s website.

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