Federal, state, and local tax returns are due! Those who can’t pay should still file on time.

The filing and payment deadline for most 2020 federal tax returns is here. Taxpayers should file or request an extension of time to file and pay any taxes they owe by the May 17 deadline to avoid penalties and interest.

Here are some tips for taxpayers who owe tax, but who can’t immediately pay their tax bill.

Taxpayers should:

  • File their tax return or request an extension of time to file by the May 17 deadline.
  • People who owe tax and do not file their return on time or request an extension may face a failure-to-file penalty.
  • Taxpayers should remember that an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay.
    • An extension gives taxpayers until October 15, 2021 to file their 2020 tax return, but taxes owed are still due May 17, 2021.

  • Pay as much as possible by the May 17 due date.
    • Whether filing a return or requesting an extension, taxpayers must pay their tax bill in full by the May filing deadline to avoid penalties and interest.
    • People who do not pay their taxes on time will face a failure-to-pay penalty.

  • Set up a payment plan as soon as possible.
    • Taxpayers who owe but cannot pay in full by the deadline don’t have to wait for a tax bill to request a payment plan.
    • They can apply for a payment plan on IRS.gov.
      Taxpayers can also submit a payment plan request in writing using Form 9465Installment Agreement Request.


Need help filing an extension? No problem. Our team of tax accountants can file your extension, help set you up with a payment plan, and help with any other tax questions you may have. We’re here even after the tax deadline.  Call us today, 717-393-7366!