Taxes Are Due Oct. 15 if You Received an Extension

In a year when normal tax filing deadlines were postponed because of the pandemic, there is one more important date to note: Oct. 15.

That’s the deadline for filing your 2019 income tax return if you got an automatic filing extension this year. The regular April filing deadline was extended to July 15 because of the coronavirus. As usual, though, tax filers could still get extra time, until mid-October, simply by submitting a form.

The Internal Revenue Service didn’t have statistics immediately available on the number of extensions filed this year. A spokesman said there might have been fewer because regular filing was delayed until July.

Some tax preparers, however, said they had more clients use extensions. “It has been a crazy year,” said Trish Evenstad, a director of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, a group for federally licensed tax specialists. “I had a lot more on extension this year than normal.”

Separately, unless the federal government acts to extend it, Oct. 15 is also the deadline for low-income people who typically don’t file a tax return to claim their $1,200 stimulus payment.

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