What Taxpayers Should Know Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Most common questions answered.

When can I file taxes this year?

The deadline to file and to pay federal income taxes is May 17, 2021.

The IRS announced that the agency would start accepting and processing all 2020 tax returns on February 12, 2021. This new start date allowed the IRS extra time to do additional programming and testing to ensure the systems run smoothly in response to the December 27, 2020, tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) and other benefits. 

The IRS is committed to offering tax help to taxpayers, tax professionals, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please visit the IRS’ coronavirus relief page for more information. 

How do I pay taxes?
Payments can be made through the Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW), an integrated e-file/e-pay option used only when filing your federal taxes using tax preparation software or through a tax professional. The IRS provides more information and tips on the use of EFW and on the following topics: 

What do I need to do if I have not received my Economic Impact Payments?  

If you did not receive any Economic Impact Payments (also known as stimulus payments), you may be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit. You must file a 2020 tax return to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit. Learn more about what you can do in order to receive your stimulus payments: 

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Additional Resources
Visit the IRS website for the latest tax developments, including the COVID-19 relief packages.
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