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2016 state tax filing deadlines

By Melanie Lockert

Tax season is upon us. While doing your taxes may not be the most fun way to spend your time, missing the filing deadline could make the process even worse. In order to get a head start on your taxes, first know the 2016 state tax filing deadlines.

"Most states follow the federal tax return deadlines , until the point where they diverge and separate state tax laws kick in," says Accredited Tax Advisor Abby Eisenkraft. While April 15 is the usual tax-filing deadline, for the 2016 tax year, it's April 18, 2017. Though most states will follow that deadline, not all will.

Here is a closer look at the state filing deadlines for tax year 2016.

Alabama

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Alaska

Alaska doesn't collect state individual income tax, so there's no deadline for a state tax return for individuals.

Arizona

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Arkansas

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

California

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Colorado

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Connecticut

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Delaware

State filing deadline: May 1, 2017

Extension deadline: May 1, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

District of Columbia

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Florida

Florida doesn't collect state individual income tax, so there's no state tax return for individuals.

Georgia

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Hawaii

State filing deadline: April 20, 2017

Extension deadline: April 20, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 20, 2017

Idaho

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Illinois

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Indiana

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: November 15, 2017 (if you use the federal extension deadline)

June 17, 2017 (using Form IT-9)

Iowa

State filing deadline: May 1, 2017

Extension deadline: May 1, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 31, 2017

Kansas

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Kentucky

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Louisiana

State filing deadline: May 15, 2017

Extension deadline: May 15, 2017

Filing due date after extension: November 15, 2017

Maine

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Maryland

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Massachusetts

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Michigan

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Minnesota

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Mississippi

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Missouri

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Montana

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Nebraska

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Nevada

Nevada doesn't collect state individual income tax, so there's no state tax return for individuals.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire doesn't have a general individual income tax, but it does have a dividends and interest tax.

New Jersey

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

New Mexico

State filing deadline if you file by mail: April 18, 2017

State filing deadline if you file electronically: May 1, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

New York

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

North Carolina

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

North Dakota

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Ohio

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Oklahoma

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

State filing deadline if you file electronically: April 20, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Oregon

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Pennsylvania

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Rhode Island

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

South Carolina

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

State filing deadline if filing electronically: May 1, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

South Dakota

South Dakota doesn't collect state individual income tax, so there's no state tax return for individuals.

Tennessee

Tennessee has no general individual income tax. However, Tennessee imposes a “hall income tax” on individuals and other entities that have received interest from bonds and notes and dividends from stock.

Texas

Texas doesn't collect state individual income tax, so there's no state tax return for individuals.

Utah

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Vermont

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Virginia

State filing deadline: May 1, 2017

Extension deadline: May 1, 2017

Filing due date after extension: November 1, 2017

Washington

Washington doesn't collect state individual income tax, so there’s no state tax return for individuals.

West Virginia

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Wisconsin

State filing deadline: April 18, 2017

Extension deadline: April 18, 2017

Filing due date after extension: October 16, 2017

Wyoming

Wyoming doesn't collect state individual or corporate income tax, so there's no state tax return.

 

What you need to do by the deadlines

Before sitting down to file your taxes, collect all relevant paperwork, including W-2s from your employer or any 1099s from contract positions so you can report your income. You'll also want to gather items such as Form 1098-E for student loan interest payments (which may be tax deductible up to $2,500), Form 1099-INT for interest income (such as from a savings account) and other relevant tax documents.

Once you have your paperwork ready, you can use online tax software to help you complete your tax return. Credit Karma Tax allows users to file their federal and state tax returns for free and offers support every step of the way.

If you have a particularly complicated tax situation, consider discussing your situation with a tax professional.

If you're unable to complete your tax return by the filing deadline, you may want to file for an extension. In this article, the extension deadlines are listed for each applicable state. In order to file an extension, you need to submit Form 4868 to the IRS.

"If you're unable to file your taxes by the due date, an extension must be filed," says Eisenkraft. "An extension gives you additional time to file your taxes, though not to pay them. If you don’t file an extension and owe money, you could be penalized for late filing and late paying. There will be interest calculated on the payment as well."

What if you miss a deadline?

What if you miss the deadline altogether? Don't go into complete panic mode quite yet. Instead, take action swiftly.

File as soon as possible, and if you owe money, make a payment. If you can't pay your full tax bill, pay something. You can also apply for a payment plan with the IRS. If you’re due a refund, there's no penalty for filing a late tax return.

However, if you owe the IRS, you may be charged a penalty.

Bottom line

Tax season can be a pain, but being on top of both the state and federal tax-filing deadlines can help you avoid further issues. If you anticipate needing additional time, don't hesitate to file an extension.

For those who owe money and are unable to pay, consider applying for a payment program with the IRS. Remember, you can file your state tax return and federal tax return for free with Credit Karma Tax. If you have any questions or have a complex tax situation, consider reaching out to a tax professional.

 

About the Author: Melanie Lockert is a freelance writer and event planner currently living in Los Angeles. She is the author of Dear Debt: A Story About Breaking Up With Debt. She has been featured on Oprah, Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Globe and Mail and more.

Disclaimer: We know taxes are complicated, so we provide this information for general educational purposes only. It isn’t intended to be personalized legal, financial or tax advice, and we don’t guarantee the accuracy, completeness or reliability of this content. If you have questions about your personal tax situation, consider contacting an accountant, tax attorney or financial advisor. Come back to Credit Karma Tax when you’re ready to file your taxes for free!

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