2016 Tax Return Filing Deadlines

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2016 Federal IRS Tax Return Filing Deadlines



January 1, 2017

First day to file a 2016 tax return, though the IRS generally will not accept e-file and free file returns until the date below. Even paper based filings won’t be processed till later in the month

January 23, 2017

IRS E-file to go live, allowing submission of electronic tax returns for the vast majority of tax filers. Paper tax returns will begin processing from this date as well

January 31, 2017

Date by which you should have received a W-2 from employers you worked for during the tax year. If not, contact their HR/Payroll department to resend tax documents

April 18, 2017

*Tax Day* Last day for filing federal income tax returns and extension requests. This is a few days later than the normal mid-April date since Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on the 15th

April 18, 2017

Patriot’s Day, a legal holiday in MA, is on Monday, April 17, 2017.  So the deadline for filing MA income tax returns and for making MA payments otherwise due on April 15th, will be April 18th. The deadline for filing federal extension requests is also on April 18th.

October 16, 2017

Filing extended 2016 federal and state income returns. Note: you still need to file for an extension request by April 18th

April 18, 2020

Filing a 2016 tax amendment. You can file an amended or previous year return anytime, but you have a deadline of 3 years from the original due date to claim any tax refund.

Source: Adapted from, “2016 Federal IRS Tax Filing Dates and Deadlines,” https://www.irs.com/articles/when-can-i-file-my-2015-taxes-2016