April 1, 2023

Tax Deadline 2023: Key Dates and Deadlines

The traditional tax deadline is April 15; however, in 2023, federal taxes are due on Tuesday, April 18, with exceptions for those affected by severe storms in California, Georgia, and Alabama. Residents in those areas have until October 16, 2023, to file their returns.

April 18 is also the deadline for filing a tax extension and making contributions to a traditional IRA, Roth IRA, SEP IRA, Health Savings Account (HSA), or solo 401(k) for the 2022 tax year.

Tax day is not on April 15 this year because it falls on a Saturday. While the next business day would usually be tax day (Monday, April 17), that day is also the District of Columbia’s local holiday, Emancipation Day, which the IRS observes. Thus, the tax deadline is on the following business day, April 18.

Important Dates to Remember:

Extension Deadline: October 16, 2023 If you file for an extension, your federal returns are due on October 16, 2023. This is the final deadline for your 2022 federal tax return. Extensions grant an additional six months to file, but tax liability payments are still due by April 18. An extension to file does not extend the deadline to pay taxes.

Three methods for requesting an extension:

File an extension through your tax-filing software or on the IRS website via a partnered software provider. Eligible taxpayers can access free extension services.

Make estimated payments using your tax software (if supported) or on the IRS website via Direct Pay, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or debit/credit card.

Request an extension by mail using Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Send the form with a check or money order if there is a tax balance due. Mailing addresses depend on your state of residency.

For employers who filed an extension by April 18, the deadline to make 2022 contributions to SEP IRAs and solo 401(k) is also October 16, 2023.

Severe Storm Relief Deadline: October 16, 2023 The IRS has extended the filing deadline to October 16, 2023, for victims of severe storms in California, Georgia, and Alabama. This extension allows affected taxpayers additional time to file, make tax payments, and contribute to 2022 IRA accounts. The relief is granted to declared-disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).