2015 – 2016 U.S. Tax Calendar and Important Tax Filing Dates
If you are hoping for a quick refund this year, get started in December by selecting an efile tax program, compiling your expenses and deductions, and gathering all your receipts. Some online eFile services, such as TurboTax, will allow you to get started on your tax return even before you’ve received your W-2 or 1099 forms from employers.
January 15, 2016
The IRS generally begins to process tax returns around mid-January. This date is an estimate and changes year-to-year due to last minute changes to tax laws. Last year, the IRS delayed processing returns until January 31 due to changes in the healthcare law.
February 1, 2016
Employers are required to mail your W2 or 1099 form by February 1. You must have all your W2 and 1099 forms for all jobs worked in the previous year before you can file your taxes. If you have not received your W2 or 1099 forms by the first week in February, you should contact your employer.
February – March 2016
Due to recent tax laws changes, the IRS has to reprogram some of their tax processing systems. Some taxpayers, including those claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits may have to wait until February or March before the IRS will begin processing their returns.
April 18, 2016
U.S. Individual Federal Tax Returns are due for the 2015 fiscal year on Monday, April 18, 2016.Your tax documents must be postmarked or your must eFile by midnight on April 18, 2016 to avoid a late penalty. (Note that generally, taxes are due on the 15th, but this year, theWashington D.C. Emancipation Day holiday is being observed on April 15 instead of April 16, 2016, thus Tax Day is on the following Monday.) This is also the deadline to file for a 6 month tax extension. Most state taxes are also due on April 18, with a few exceptions – check the state tax due date chart for your state’s deadline.
October 15, 2016
This is the final due date for individual federal tax returns filed with a 6 month extension. This is also the last day that the IRS will accept efiled tax returns for 2014 taxes. If you must file after October 15, you will need to mail in your forms for manual processing.