When is my Tax Return due?

Generally, your tax return is due on April 15th of each year. A tax return delivered to the IRS by U.S. mail after the due date for the tax return is considered timely filed if the tax return was postmarked on or before the due date of the tax return. See IRC 7502(a).

A recent change in the IRS tax regulations means a receipt from a private delivery service, such as Federal Express or UPS, will be accepted by the IRS as proof that your tax return was filed on time. If you're filing your tax return at the last minute you can use specified services from Airborne, DHL, Federal Express, and UPS in addition to the U.S. Postal Service. Make sure that you get a receipt. If your tax return is "postmarked" on or before the due date your tax return is considered timely filed.

To come within this IRS rule, however, the tax return must be postmarked within the prescribed filing period. For example, a tax return postmarked April 16th and received by the IRS on April 20th is considered filed on April 20th.


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