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The federal tax filing deadline for individuals has been extended to May 17, 2021. Quarterly estimated tax payments are still due on Apr. 15, 2021. For additional questions and the latest information on the tax deadline change, visit our “IRS Announced Federal Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extension” blog post.

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Tax Year 2020 Filing and Payment Deadline Information

In response to the impact, Coronavirus has been having on Americans, the IRS, and most state departments of revenue have extended the tax filing deadline for tax year 2020 (the taxes you file in 2021).

The federal tax deadline for filing individual 2020 tax returns and payments has been extended to May 17, 2021. While most of the states have also extended their deadlines to match that of the federal deadline, the following states have slightly different deadlines.

There are a few important differences to note with these different deadlines including the difference between a filing deadline and a payment deadline.

  • A filing deadline is the date by which you need to file your income tax return by.
  • A payment deadline is the date by which you need to make a payment for any tax liability you owe – if you are getting a refund you do not need to worry about a payment deadline.

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Taxpayers who are expecting a refund are encouraged to file now to get their money as soon as possible.

Here is what you need to know if you have filing requirements in one of the following states:


The deadline to file 2020 Hawaii individual tax returns and payments are due on Apr. 20, 2021. This means that you must file your tax return on or before Apr. 20, 2021. If you are not expecting a refund and need to make a tax payment, payments will need to be received by Apr.20, 2021, or penalties and interest will be added to your tax bill.

North Carolina

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The deadline to file 2020 North Carolina individual tax returns has been extended to May 17, 2021. However, this extension does not apply to tax payments. If you owe a tax payment on your North Carolina state income taxes payments need to be made by Apr. 15, 2021 – The North Carolina Department of Revenue will not charge penalties for payments made after this date as long as they file and pay their tax on or before May 17, 2021. Payments received after Apr. 15 will be charged interest.

New Hampshire

The tax deadline for New Hampshire state tax returns is Apr. 15, 2021. The deadline for interest and dividend tax, business enterprise tax, and business profits tax are due on Apr. 15, 2021. This deadline also applies to New Hampshire tax payments – payments made after Apr. 15, 2021, will be charged penalties and interest.


Iowa extended its filing and payment deadline for individual tax returns until June 1, 2021. This extension also includes 1st Quarter estimated payments. However, this extension does not apply to business tax returns.


Maryland has extended their individual tax return filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2021.


The deadline to pay and file your 2020 Virginia individual tax return has been extended to May 17, 2021. However, this extension does not apply to estimated payments.

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