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Tax filing deadlines and extensions

When is the deadline to file your tax return?

The deadline to file your tax return is April 15, 2019.

What if I need more time to file?

If you need more time to file your 2018 tax return(s), you can apply for a 6-month tax extension for free through Credit Karma Tax. The form (Form 4868) must be submitted to the IRS and accepted by April 15, 2019 (or April 17th, 2019 if you live in Maine or Massachusetts) to qualify for the extension. Once accepted, your new tax return deadline will be October 15, 2019.

Search for “Extension” in the search box on Credit Karma Tax to file an extension for free with Credit Karma Tax.

Note: Filing a tax extension only gives you more time to file your return — but you’ll still need to pay any taxes you may owe by the regular due date to avoid having to pay penalties and interest.

Here are some of the special rules for applying for a federal extension:

  • You’re in the military and serving in a combat zone
  • You’re in an area recovering from a federally declared natural disaster
  • You’re living outside of the United States and Puerto Rico and meet certain requirements
  • You are in military or naval service on duty outside the United States and Puerto Rico.

Source: irs.gov

What if I missed the deadline?

You can still file your 2018 tax return with Credit Karma Tax even after the April deadline has passed.

Late filing when you are receiving a tax refund

The IRS penalty for late filing without an extension is a percentage of taxes you owe. This means that if you’re receiving a federal tax refund, there’s no penalty for filing a late tax return. Late filing penalties may vary for state returns depending on your state, even with a tax refund, so check with the state. Regardless, it’s recommended to file as soon as possible. 

Late filing penalty

You will have to pay a late filing penalty if you have not filed your federal tax return by the IRS filing deadline, and you don’t have proof of reasonable cause.

You may be subjected to a penalty of 5% of the federal amount due on your return for each month or partial month it’s considered past-due. The penalty is limited to 25% of the tax you owe.

Late payment penalty

A late payment penalty can occur for federal taxes not paid by the due date.

The maximum federal payment penalty is 25% of the amount you owe.
Source: irs.gov

Proof of reasonable cause

Federally imposed late payment penalties may be waived if you can show reasonable cause for not filing or paying on time.
Source: irs.gov

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