Here Are the 2024 Tax Deadlines You Need to Know

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Tax time is upon us.

The Internal Revenue Service released the official start date for the 2023 tax season, which kicks off Jan. 29.

Whether you’re anticipating a refund or dreading the bill, you’ll want to mark some important dates on your calendar.

First, the deadline for employers to send out W-2 tax documents is Jan. 31. You know, those little sheets of paper showcasing your wages and tax — all the money that’s been taken out of your paycheck.

But you still have a few months to figure out how you’ll file your taxes.

This year, the IRS is giving most taxpayers until April 15, 2024, to submit 2023 tax returns or an extension to file and pay tax owed.

When Are Taxes Due in 2024?

April 15.

That’s when you need to file your 2023 tax returns, either through e-file or by postmarking your individual tax return by midnight on that day.

The IRS anticipates that 128.7 million individual tax returns will be filed by the deadline, according to a news release from the agency.

Those in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 17 because of the Patriot’s Day holiday. You may also have an extension if you’re in a federally declared disaster area.

Pro Tip

The fastest way to get your tax refund is to file electronically and choose direct deposit.

What Filing Form Should I Use?

You’ll need to use Form 1040 and pay any taxes you might owe.

In the past, taxpayers could choose from two other forms — 1040EZ and 1040-A, but those forms were phased out in 2019 following an IRS overhaul of 1040.

So, that simplifies things. You no longer need to worry about picking the right tax form. Just file Form 1040 plus any schedules that apply.

If you’re using tax preparation software, like TurboTax, it will walk you through the entire tax filing process. The software will help you fill out all the fields and suggest whether you should itemize or take the standard deduction. (Most Americans go for the standard deduction).

Here’s our review of the best tax software to make filing fast and easy.

An Assist for Tax Season

The IRS aims to make filing your 2023 taxes easier through new and expanded tools.

This includes opening or reopening Taxpayer Assistance Centers and extending some of  their hours, more help and reduced wait times on its toll-free line, and a smoother process with its “Where’s My Refund?” tool.

3 More Tax Deadlines that Land on April 15

Besides filing your individual return, you need to do these things by the April 15 deadline:

1. File an Extension

Need more time to file your taxes? You need to file for an extension by April 15.

You can find out more information about how to request an extension on the IRS’ website.

Reasons for extensions include emergencies, extended vacations, overloaded work schedules and utter unpreparedness.

The extension runs six months. If you opt for this, you’ll need to mark Oct. 15, 2024 on your calendar. That’s your new deadline.

While an extension gives you more time to file your tax return, your tax bill is still due on April 15, 2024.

2. File Your Estimated Taxes

For the self-employed: You’re required to pay estimated taxes every quarter.

You must file these four times a year: The last payment for the 2023 tax year was due on Jan. 16.

The first payment for the 2024 tax year is due April 15, followed by other payments on June 17, Sept. 16 and Jan. 15, 2025.

3. Make Final 2023 IRA Contributions

Got that retirement fund going? This is your last day to make a contribution to your IRA accounts, including traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs and health savings accounts.

Still unsure where to start? We’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide to how to file taxes.

Rachel Christian is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance and a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder.