The table below shows the main 2013 deadlines for filing 2012 tax returns and requesting extensions.
|January 1, 2013||First day to file a 2012 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 30, 2013||IRS e-file to go live, allowing submission of electronic tax returns for the vast majority of tax filers|
|April 15, 2013||*Tax Day* Last day for filing 2012 federal income tax returns and extension requests|
|April 15, 2013||Deadline for filing state income tax returns (for most states) and extension requests|
|October 15, 2013||Filing extended 2013 federal and state income returns|
|April 15, 2016||Filing a 2012 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.|
While you can paper file your 2012 tax return on January 1st 2013, the IRS will not process any returns until after Jan 30th, 2013. After filing and assuming your tax return is on order (see recommended providers) you should receive your federal refund between 8 and 14 days after they accept your return. If you did not select the electronic deposit option, getting a paper check mailed to you adds about a week. As a general rule, you can expect your state tax refund within 30 days of the electronic filing date or the postmark date.
How long will it take the IRS to process my return and send me my refund check in 2013: The IRS has announced that it expects to process 2013 refunds within the same time frames as in 2012 where they issued more than nine out of 10 refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days in 2012.
Other key 2013 income tax filing deadlines include (Excerpted with permission from J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2013: For Preparing Your 2012 Tax Return):
January 15, 2013 - Pay the balance of your 2012 estimated tax. Estimated taxes are tax due on income that is not subject to (employer) payroll withholding. This includes self-employment income, interest, dividends and alimony. If you do not meet this date, you may avoid an estimated tax penalty for the last quarter by filing your 2012 return and paying the balance due by January 31,2013.
January 31, 2013 - Make sure you have received a Form W-2 from each employer for whom you worked in 2012. If not, contact their HR/Payroll department. They are obligated to provided this information by this date.
April 15, 2013 - File your 2012 tax return and pay the balance of your tax. If you cannot meet the April 15 deadline, you may obtain an automatic six-month filing extension by filing Form 4868 (on paper or electronically). However, even if you get an extension, interest will still be charged for taxes not paid by April 15, and late payment penalties will be imposed unless at least 90% of your tax liability is paid by this date or you otherwise show reasonable cause. If you cannot pay the full amount of tax you owe when you file your return, you can file Form 9465 to request an installment payment arrangement. April 15th is also the due date to pay the first installment of your 2013 estimated tax.
If on this date you are a U.S. citizen or resident living and working outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico, or in military service outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico, you have an automatic two-month filing extension until June 17, 2013.
June 17, 2013 - Pay the second installment of your 2013 estimated tax. You may amend your estimate at this time. If on April 15 you were a U.S. citizen or resident living and working outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico, or in military service outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico, file your 2012 return and pay the balance due. You may obtain an additional four-month filing extension until October 15, 2013, by filing Form 4868.
If you are a nonresident alien who did not have tax withheld from your wages, file Form 1040NR by this date and pay the balance due.
September 16, 2013 - Pay the third installment of your 2013 estimated tax. You may amend your estimate at this time.
October 15, 2013 - File your 2012 return if you received an automatic six-month filing extension using Form 4868. Also file your 2012 return and pay the balance due if on April 15 you were a U.S. citizen or resident living and working outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico, or in military service outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico, and by June 17 you qualified for an additional four-month extension by filing Form 4868.
December 31, 2013 - If self-employed, this is the last day to set up a Keogh plan for 2013.
January 15, 2014 - Pay the balance of your 2013 estimated tax.
April 15, 2014 - File your 2013 return and pay the balance of your tax. Pay the first installment of your 2014 estimated tax by this date.
Excerpted with permission of the publisher, Wiley, from J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2013: For Preparing Your 2012 Tax Return. Copyright © 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved. This book is available at all book sellers.