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It’s officially the tax season in the United States as the IRS has officially started accepting returns for the year 2023. As of now, more than 80 million people have already filed their taxes. While most American taxpayers have until April 18th to file their taxes, the IRS has extended the tax deadline of 2023 in the states severely impacted by harsh weather. Furthermore, while tax returns in most states will follow the Federal timetable, there are some exceptions too.

What is the tax deadline in different States? When will you get your Tax return? Here is all you need to know about the tax season 2023.    

What is the Federal Tax Deadline 2023?

If you are a regular tax filer, you would know that the income tax return filing deadline usually falls on April 15th each year. However, this year April 15th is falling on Saturday and the next weekday, April 17th, is Emancipation Day—a recognized holiday in Washington D.C. Now according to the law, holidays celebrated in Washington DC affect the federal tax deadlines for everyone in the same manner as federal holidays do.

For that reason, the deadline to file federal tax returns for most Americans is April 18, 2023.

That said, IRS has also extended the tax deadline for states affected by severe weather and natural calamities. This means the last day to file taxes 2023 depends on what state you live in.

2023 Extended Tax Deadline: U.S. States

Here, learn all about the tax extension deadline 2023 for residents of different U.S. states:

  • New Yorkers affected by winter storms and snowstorms in December: May 15, 2023
  • Mississippi and Arkansas residents affected by the storms and tornadoes in March: July 31, 2023
  • For residents of Georgia, Alabama, and California affected by storms, mudslides, and other natural disasters: October 16, 2023

When Are the State Taxes Due 2023?

A small chunk of states, including Wyoming, Washington, Tennessee, Nevada, Alaska, Florida, Texas, New Hampshire, and South Dakota do not collect taxes. Of the remaining states that do collect taxes, the federal tax deadline for most is April 18—with a few exceptions:

  • Louisiana: May 15, 2023
  • Iowa: May 1, 2023
  • Virginia: May 1, 2023
  • Delaware: May 2, 2023
  • California: May 18, 2023 (for affected residents)

As of the publish date, states with extended tax filing dates have not changed the date for tax returns. However, it is best to check with your state Department of Revenue for the most updated information.

When Are Taxes Due If I Request An Extension?

If you cannot file your tax returns by the deadline, you can request a 6-month tax extension with Form 4868. The 2023 extended tax deadline is April 18—meaning your income tax return filing deadline can be pushed to October 16. Here it is worth mentioning that a deadline extension doesn’t grant you more time to pay your taxes. You still have to pay your taxes by April 18 by estimating the amount. However, you can file the paperwork until the extended date.

According to experts, it is best to avoid taking a tax extension unless you are missing important tax information or simply cannot file taxes due to traveling or sickness. Military members and people affected by natural disasters and severe weather are eligible for automatic extensions.

If you’re filing your taxes at the last moment by paper, make sure it is properly addressed, postmarked, has enough postage, and mailed by the deadline. If you are an e-filer, the date and time zone you filed your tax determines if it was filed on time.  

Tax Refund: What to Expect

Filing taxes might not be an enjoyable experience however it is a rewarding one especially if you are eligible for a tax return. Keep in mind that due to the tax changes, you may be eligible for smaller refunds as compared to previous years. However, the difference isn’t drastic given that the average tax refund for this season is $2903.

According to IRS, if you’ve filed your taxes electronically and are eligible for a return, you will receive your tax refund within 21 days – if there are no issues with your refund. To give you a heads-up, several factors affect your tax refund. IRS is required to wait by law before issuing you a refund if you have filed for the Additional Child Tax Credit or Earned Income Tax Credit.

How to Track Your Tax Refund

The best way to monitor your tax refund is from the “Where’s My Refund page” on the IRS website. On this page, you can see your tax refund status and it even lets you know if your tax refund has been rejected due to some reason. To use this tracker, all you need is your Individual Taxpayer Identification or Social Security Number, filing status, and refund amount.

Simply visit the Get Refund Page on the IRS website, enter your details and press submit. You will then be redirected to a page that shows your tax refund status.

The IRS tracking tool will display one of the three messages to explain the status of your tax refunds.

  • Received: The IRS has received your tax return and is currently processing it.
  • Approved: The IRS has processed your tax return and confirmed the refund amount in case you are owed one.
  • Sent: Your refund has been sent your way via bank, direct deposit, or paper check that you will receive in the mail.

There You Are!

If you still haven’t filed your tax, hurry up because there is little time remaining. Most Americans have to file taxes by April 18th which is right around the corner—except for states impacted by environmental disasters. We hope we were able to provide some clarity on tax deadlines and tax returns for this year. For more information, you can check with your state’s tax and revenue authority.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the due date for tax returns for 2023?

April 18, 2023, is the tax return date for most Americans. However, the IRS has granted an extension to states that are affected terribly by severe weather.

What is the extended tax deadline for 2023?

The tax deadline has been extended to July 31, 2023, for the Arkansas storm victims and to May 18, 2023, for California residents impacted by the severe weather. With the exception of some States impacted by bad weather, most states are adhering to the federal tax return date of April 18, 2023.

What is the minimum income to file taxes in 2023?

The minimum income to file taxes in 2023 depends upon your filing status and age. In some cases, you need to file a tax no matter what your income bracket is for example if you are self-employed with net earnings of $400, you are eligible to pay taxes. Here is a quick breakdown of the minimum income for different filing statuses.

Single Filing status:

  • Below 65: $12,950
  • Above 65: $14,700

Married Filing Status:

  • Both Spouses younger than 65: $25,900
  • One spouse younger than 65 and the other older than that: $27,300
  • Both spouses older than 65: $28,700

Married and Filing separately:

  • All ages: $5