As they did in 2020, both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state of California will extend the 2021 tax filing deadline from the usual April 15 date.
Soon after the IRS and U.S. Treasury announced that the April 15 deadline would be pushed to May 17, the California Franchise Tax Board said it would do the same.
“This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to continue to do everything possible to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic, while also working on important tax administration responsibilities,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement. “Even with the new deadline, we urge taxpayers to consider filing as soon as possible, especially those who are owed refunds. Filing electronically with direct deposit is the quickest way to get refunds, and it can help some taxpayers more quickly receive any remaining stimulus payments they may be entitled to.”
As is the case in every year, if a tax payer needs more time to file their 2021 taxes, they may ask for a deadline extension to file until Oct. 15.
In 2020, both the IRS and Franchise Tax board extended the filing deadlines to July 15 in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.