In IRS lingo, individual income tax returns are due on the 15th day of the 4th month after the end of your tax year.
For individuals whose tax years begin January 1st and end December 31st, this means their returns are due on April 15th (the 15th day of the 4th month after December 31st).
Individual Federal Tax Return Due Date – What Day are IRS Taxes Due?
Most years, returns will actually be due on April 15th.
But what happens when April 15th falls on a weekend or coincides with a holiday?
If April 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday or holiday, tax returns are due on the following business day. That means, depending on which day of the week April 15th falls on, taxes can technically be due April 16th (when April 15th is a Sunday), April 17th (when April 15th is a Saturday), or even April 18th (a unique situation when Emancipation Day is observed on Friday, April 15th or Monday, April 17th).
IRS Tax Filing Deadline Info – When Are Tax Return Extensions Due?
Individual income tax returns and tax return extensions are due on the same day. In other words, you must either file your personal income tax return or submit a properly filed tax return extension on or before the tax return’s original due date.
When are 2013, 2014, and 2015 Taxes Due to the IRS?
To illustrate the rules explained above, below is a cheat sheet of tax due dates for the next few years.
- 2013 returns and extensions – Due Tuesday, April 15, 2014
- 2014 returns and extensions – Due Wednesday, April 15, 2015
- 2015 returns and extensions – Due Monday, April 18, 2016
When Are Taxes Due After Filing an Extension? Extended Tax Return Deadline
After you file a timely extension in April, you’ll get six more months to file your personal federal income tax return. This means your extended due is October 15th.
As with the original return due date, if the extended due date falls on a weekend, returns is due the next business day. So, it is possible that the extended due date is actually October 16th or 17th in some years.
Filing Deadline for Extended Tax Returns – Tax Years 2013 to 2015
Here is a cheat sheet of extended tax return deadlines for the next few years:
- Extended deadline for 2013 tax returns – Wednesday, October 15, 2014
- Extended deadline for 2014 tax returns – Thursday, October 15, 2015
- Extended deadline for 2015 tax returns – Monday, October 17, 2016
Meeting the Tax Filing Deadline of April 15th – What About Missing Forms 1099 or W-2?
By the April 15th tax filing deadline, you should have long received your 1099s and W-2s. But what if you are pretty sure you aren’t going to receive a tax form you’ve been expecting?
Your employer(s) are supposed to be on top of issuing those forms, but you are still ultimately responsible for correctly reporting your income, so you should take action as soon as you believe you are missing a 1099 or W-2.
Your options for getting a missing W-2 are explained here:
How Do You Get a Replacement W-2 Form? – This article is written with 2011 forms in mind, but the basic process you follow to replace a missing W-2 should remain the same year after year.
Note: Tax filing deadlines are subject to change. The list above is only meant as a guideline; each year, it is recommended that all taxpayers double-check the due date of their tax returns on the IRS website or tax return instructions.