When Are Taxes Due? July 15. Tax Day & Tax Deadline 2020

The 2020 deadline to file and pay taxes is July 15, which offers extra time to deal with taxes amid coronavirus.

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When is Tax Day?

Tax day is July 15, 2020. The original tax deadline was April 15, but the U.S. government extended tax day to give taxpayers extra time to deal with their taxes amid the coronavirus outbreak. Taxpayers now have an extra three months to both file and pay their taxes.

The IRS says taking advantage of the extra 90 days will not incur interest or penalties.

When are taxes due if you get an extension?

If you request a tax extension by July 15, your tax return will be due on Oct. 15, 2020. (But know that a tax extension gets you more time to file your return, not more time to pay your taxes. Read more below.)

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Tax deadlines for quarterly estimated payments in 2020

The IRS requires quarterly estimated tax payments from many people whose income isn’t subject to payroll withholding taxes (usually the self-employed, independent contractors or people with investment earnings). For estimated taxes, the answer to "when are taxes due?" varies: The year is divided into four payment periods, and each period has its own payment due date.

In 2020, the IRS has pushed the annual tax-filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, and that change also applies to some 2020 estimated tax payments.

Here's a look:

If you earned income during this period

Estimated tax payment deadline

Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2019

Jan. 15, 2020

Jan. 1 – Mar. 31, 2020

July 15

April 1 – May 31, 2020

July 15

June 1 – Aug. 31, 2020

Sept. 15

Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020

Jan. 15, 2021

Six tax moves to consider before the tax deadline

1. File your 2016 tax return (yes, 2016)

If you were due a refund for the 2016 tax year but didn't file a tax return, you only have until July 15 (Tax Day) to submit that old Form 1040 and claim your money. So if you haven’t filed, get to work! Miss the 2020 tax deadline, and the U.S. Treasury gets to keep your money.

2. Max out your 401(k) by Dec. 31

  • Contributions to a traditional 401(k) reduce your total taxable income for the year.

  • For example, let’s say you make $65,000 a year and put $19,500 (the limit in 2020) into your 401(k). Instead of paying income taxes on the entire $65,000 you earned, you’ll only owe on $45,500 of your salary. In other words, saving for the future lets you shield $19,500 from taxes (and even more if you're 50 or older; read more here).

  • Many employers offer to match a portion of what you save, meaning that if you contribute enough to your account, you'll also nab some free money.

3. Contribute to or open an IRA by Tax Day

  • Contributions to a traditional IRA can be tax-deductible. See all the rules here.

  • You have until the July 15, 2020, tax deadline to contribute to an IRA, either Roth or traditional, for the 2019 tax year.

  • The maximum contribution amount for either type of IRA is $6,000 — or $7,000 if you're age 50 or older.

4. Contribute to your Health Savings Account

  • This medical account, available to individuals who have a high-deductible health plan, provides a tax-saving way to pay for out-of-pocket costs.

  • You have until the July 15, 2020, tax deadline to contribute to an HSA for the 2019 tax year.

  • The 2019 limits are $3,500 for an individual HSA owner and $7,000 for a family. For 2020, the individual coverage contribution limit is $3,550 and the family coverage limit is $7,100.

5. File for an extension by Tax Day (but still pay)

  • If you can't finish your return by the July 15 tax deadline, file IRS Form 4868. This will buy most taxpayers until Oct. 15 to file their tax returns. See more about how extensions work.

  • A tax extension gets you more time to file your return, not more time to pay your taxes. You still must pay any tax you owe, or a good estimate of that amount, by the tax deadline. Include that payment with your extension request or you could face a late-payment penalty on the taxes due.

6. When are taxes due in your state?

Be sure to find out when your local Tax Day is. Most taxpayers face state income taxes, and most of the states that have an income tax follow the federal tax deadline. Ask your state's tax department: When are taxes due? (And if necessary, ask: How do I get an extension?)

Some tax rules have changed due to coronavirus

As part of the U.S. government's ongoing response to the coronavirus, the tax deadline is now July 15, 2020. Learn more about this and what else is different this year for taxpayers.

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