The filing deadline for individual income tax returns and extensions is generally midnight on April 15 of the year following the tax year. If the deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, returns are generally due the following Monday. If the following Monday is April 16, DC Emancipation Day celebrated in Washington D.C., the deadline is generally extended to April 17. The IRS may extend the deadline further for other reasons, therefore it is important to check with the IRS early in the tax season to be certain of the filing deadline for the current year.
To ensure that all transmissions are considered timely filed, have all returns and extensions transmitted to TaxSlayer Pro no later than 11:59 PM local time on the due date. Due to the always-present potential for disruptions in your work, we advise finalizing and transmitting all returns and extensions well before the midnight deadline.
Individual returns and extensions that are rejected by the IRS can be corrected and re-transmitted within 5 days and still be considered timely filed. This 5-day time frame is known as the perfection period. All corrected individual returns and extensions must be transmitted no later than 11:59 PM local time 5 days after the filing deadline.
October 15 is the last day for returns on extension to be considered timely filed.
The Not Accepted Reports
There are several reports that provide information about the acceptance status of returns marked for electronic filing and of extensions, and we highly recommend viewing these reports periodically before the filing deadline to ensure all returns and extensions have been transmitted and accepted.
In an office with multiple networked computers, these reports are run on the computer designated as the file server. From the Quick Menu of TaxSlayer Pro select:
- Return/States/Extensions Not Accepted - Select the menu line for each report:
- Print the Returns Not Accepted Report - Enter today's date (or the date in the past you want to look back from), answer Yes to confirm, then indicate whether or not the report should include only returns that have been transmitted.
- Print the State Returns Not Accepted Report - Enter today's date (or the date in the past you want to look back from), answer Yes to confirm, then indicate whether or not the report should include only returns that have been transmitted.
- Print the Federal Accepted No State Accepted Report - The default ending date for this report is the current day, and the default beginning date is one month prior. Keep or change these dates as desired, then answer Yes to the confirmation question.
- Print the Extensions Report - There are six reports related to extensions. The taxpayer name and address included in the results of any report can optionally be printed on 1" x 2-5/8" labels (Avery 5160) if desired, suitable for labeling a folder of paperwork or for addressing correspondence.
Note: These reports will only show returns that have been marked for electronic filing and either (a) have no acknowledgement or (b) have been rejected.