When Can I File My 2015 Taxes in 2016 and Other Key IRS Tax Return Filing, Extension and Refund Dates

The table below shows projected 2016 deadlines for filing 2015 tax returns and requesting extensions. I will update the dates once the IRS publishes the full schedule later in the year.

An important point to note is that while you can file your taxes anytime after the beginning of the year, the IRS will not process any returns (paper or electronic) until IRS e-File goes live. As always taxes are due by April 15th (or nearest business day if on a weekend, though requesting an extension until October should not be that difficult to obtain for most tax payers. The IRS also reiterated that filing your taxes electronically is the most accurate way to file a tax return and the fastest way to get a refund.

Projected 2016 Tax Filing Key Dates and Deadlines

2016 Deadline Tax Related Activity
January 1, 2016 First day to file a 2015 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 25, 2016 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, 2016 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 15, 2016 *Tax Day* Last day for filing federal income tax returns and extension requests
April 15, 2016 Deadline for filing state income tax returns (for most states) and extension requests
October 15, 2016 Filing extended 2015 federal and state income returns. Note: you still need to file for an extension request by April 15th
April 15, 2019 Filing a 2015 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.

2015 Tax Filing Deadlines (For Reference)

2015 Deadline Tax Related Activity
January 1, 2015 First day to file a 2014 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 20, 2015 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, 2015 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 15, 2015 *Tax Day* Last day for filing federal income tax returns and extension requests
April 15, 2015 Deadline for filing state income tax returns (for most states) and extension requests
October 15, 2015 Filing extended 2014 federal and state income returns. Note: you still need to file for an extension request by April 15th
April 15, 2018 Filing a 2014 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.

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One thought on “IRS Tax Return Filing Dates for 2015 – 2016

  • May 19, 2017 at 2:13 am
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    Always a good job right here. Keep rolling on thhrugo.

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