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Federal Tax Calendar

Here are some key dates for the current tax year.


January 2021
15 – IRS Free File opens. Taxpayers can begin filing returns through Free File partners; tax returns will be transmitted to the IRS starting Feb. 12. Tax software companies also are accepting tax filings in advance.
29 – Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day to raise awareness of valuable tax credits available to many people – including the option to use prior-year income to qualify.
February 2021
12 – IRS begins 2021 tax season. Individual tax returns begin being accepted and processing begins.
22 – Projected date for the IRS.gov Where's My Refund tool being updated for those claiming EITC and ACTC, also referred to as PATH Act returns.
March 2021
First week of March – Tax refunds begin reaching those claiming EITC and ACTC (PATH Act returns) for those who file electronically with direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax returns.
April 2021
15 – Deadline for filing 2020 tax returns.
October 2021
15 – Deadline to file for those requesting an extension on their 2020 tax returns

Source: Internal Revenue Service, 2021

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