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2022 Tax Calendar: Important Tax Due Dates and Deadlines

Know the tax deadlines that apply to you, so you don't get hit with IRS penalties or miss out on a valuable tax break.

If you miss a tax deadline, the IRS can hit you hard with penalties and interest. For instance, the standard penalty for failing to file your annual tax return on time is 5% of the amount due for each month your return is late. If you pay your taxes late, the monthly penalty is 0.5% of the unpaid amount, up to 25% of what you owe, plus interest on the unpaid taxes. Similar penalties apply for missing other deadlines. And there could also be other negative consequences for being late, like losing out on a valuable tax break.

It's easy to avoid these headaches, though — just don't miss the deadline! But we realize that it's not always easy keeping track of all the various IRS due dates. So, for those of you who need a little help remembering when to file a return, submit a report or pay a tax, we pulled together a list of the most important 2022 federal income tax due dates for individuals. There's at least one deadline in every month of the year, so play close attention…we don't want you to get in trouble with the IRS.

NOTE: Some of the 2022 due dates listed below are extended for victims of recent natural disasters. In addition, several 2021 due dates were extended to January 3, 2022, for other natural disaster victims. For more information on these extensions, see our articles for victims of:

January 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

January 3

Self-Employed Individuals Pay Half of Deferred 2020 Social Security Taxes

January 10

Tips for December 2021 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

January 18

Estimated Tax Payment for 4th Quarter of 2021 (Form 1040-ES)

January 18

Farmers and Fishermen Pay Estimated Tax for 2021 (Form 1040-ES)

January 24

IRS Begins Accepting and Processing 2021 Tax Returns (Form 1040)

January 31

File 2021 Tax Return (Form 1040) to Avoid Penalty if Last Installment of Estimated Tax Not Paid by January 18

We start off the year with several important due dates in January. First, the CARES Act allowed self-employed people to defer payment of certain 2020 Social Security taxes for two years. Half of the deferred tax is due January 3 (the remainder will be due January 3, 2023). Second, employees who received at least $20 in tips during December 2021 must report those tips to their employer by January 10. (This is a monthly requirement for workers who collect tips.)

Three other January deadlines involve estimated tax payments. January 18 is the last day for most people to pay estimated taxes for the 4th quarter of 2021. However, you don't have to make a payment by that date if you file your 2021 tax return by January 31 and pay the entire balance due with your return. Farmers and fishermen can make a single payment of 2021 estimated taxes (instead of making quarterly payments) — that payment is due January 18.

Finally, while not actually a due date, we should note that tax filing season begins on January 24. That's the day the IRS begins accepting and processing 2021 income tax returns.

February 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

February 10

Tips for January 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

February 15

File Form W-4 to Reclaim Exemption from Withholding for 2022

February 15

Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania Hurricane Ida Victims' Extended Deadline for Filing and Payment Obligations from January 1 to February 14

February 28

Alabama Storm and Flooding Victims' Extended Deadline for Filing and Payment Obligations from January 1 to February 27

The monthly tip reporting deadline is February 10. This time it's for tips received in January.

In addition, if you were exempt from income tax withholding in 2021 and want to reclaim the exemption for 2022, you need to fill out a new W-4 form and give it to your employer. (Note that you must qualify to claim an exemption.)

Finally, victims of two of last year's natural disasters get extensions to February for certain federal tax filing and payment requirements. People in Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania impacted by Hurricane Ida have until February 15 to file returns and pay taxes originally due from the time the hurricane hit up to February 14. Victims of the severe storms and flooding in Alabama that began on October 6, 2021, have until February 28 to file and pay taxes due from October 6 to February 27.

March 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

March 10

Tips for February 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

March 15

Washington Flooding and Mudslide Victims' Extended Deadline for Filing and Payment Obligations from January 1 to March 14

March is pretty slow for individual taxpayers – but it's a calm before the storm.

Employees must report February tips to their employer by March 10.

Victims of the flooding and mudslides in Washington State that began on November 13, 2021, have until March 15 to file federal returns and pay federal taxes originally due from November 13 to March 14.

April 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

April 1

First Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) by Individuals Who Turned 72 in 2021

April 11

Tips for March 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

April 18

File 2021 Tax Return (Form 1040) and Pay Tax Due (except for residents of Maine and Massachusetts)

April 18

File Form 4868 to Request 6-Month Income Tax Return Filing Extension (payment of tax not extended)

April 18

File Schedule H (1040) and Pay Employment Taxes for Household Employees (file separately if Form 1040 is not filed)

April 18

Estimated Tax Payment for 1st Quarter of 2022 (Form 1040-ES), including for residents of Maine and Massachusetts

April 18

Farmers and Fishermen File 2021 Tax Return (Form 1040) to Avoid Penalty if Estimated Tax Not Paid by January 18

April 18

Contribute to Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for 2021

April 18

Withdraw Excess IRA Contributions in 2021 to Avoid Penalty if Filing of Form 1040 Was Not Extended

April 18

Contribute to Health Savings Account (HSA) for 2021

April 18

Contribute to Solo 401(k) Plan or Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) Plan for 2021 by Self-Employed if Filing of Form 1040 Was Not Extended

April 18

File 2018 Tax Return (Form 1040) to Request Unclaimed Tax Refund for the 2018 Tax Year

April 19

File 2021 Tax Return (Form 1040) and Pay Tax Due for Residents of Maine and Massachusetts (most other federal income tax deadlines on April 18 are also extended to April 19)

April is the most important month on the tax calendar. For most people, April 18 is the last day file a 2021 tax return…unless you file an application for an automatic six-month extension with the IRS, which is also due on April 18. If you employ a nanny, maid, gardener or other household worker, you also have until April 18 to file Schedule H and pay their employment taxes. If you live in Maine or Massachusetts, those due dates fall on April 19, since April 18 is a holiday (Patriot's Day) in those states.

Farmers and fishermen who didn't pay all their 2021 estimated taxes by January 18 must also file their 2021 tax return by April 18. This deadline is normally on March 1, but the IRS extended the due date this year because there were problems with e-filing a certain form before the regular deadline. See IRS Offers Estimated Tax Relief for Farmers and Fishermen for details.

There are some special deadlines in April for retirees and anyone saving for retirement, too. If you turned 72 in 2021, you must take your first required minimum distribution (RMD) from your traditional IRAs and 401(k) plans by April 1. April 18 is also the last day that you can contribute to an IRA or health savings account (HSA) for 2021. In addition, except for those who request an extension to file their 2021 tax return, April 18 is the due date for (1) self-employed people to contribute to a solo 401(k) or a simplified employee pension (SEP) plan for 2021, or (2) withdrawing excess IRA contributions made in 2021. Once again, these April 18 deadlines are pushed back to April 19 for Maine and Massachusetts residents.

Finally, workers must report March tips to their employer by April 11, estimated taxes for the 1st quarter of 2022 are due April 18, and April 18 is the last day to claim a tax refund for the 2018 tax year.

May 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

May 10

Tips for April 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

May 16

Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee Storm, Tornado and Flooding Victims' Extended Deadline for Filing and Payment Obligations from January 1 to May 15

May 16

Colorado Wildfire Victims' Extended Deadline for Filing and Payment Obligations from January 1 to May 15

After a busy April, things slow down considerable in May for most people. There's the typical deadline for employees to report tips received in April to their boss. That's due by May 10.

In addition, victims of certain natural disasters also have extended due dates on May 16. First, victims of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee that began on December 10, 2021, can wait until May 16 to file federal returns or pay federal taxes that were supposed to be due between December 10 and May 15. People impacted by the Colorado wildfires that started on December 30, 2021, also have until May 16 to file returns and pay taxes originally due from December 30 to May 15.

June 2022 Tax Due Dates

June 10

Tips for May 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

June 15

Estimated Tax Payment for 2nd Quarter of 2022 (Form 1040-ES)

June 15

U.S. Taxpayers Living and Working Abroad File 2021 Tax Return (Form 1040)

June 15

U.S. Taxpayers Living and Working Abroad File Form 4868 to Request 4-Month Income Tax Return Filing Extension (payment of tax not extended)

June 15

Military Personnel on Duty Outside the U.S. File 2021 Tax Return (Form 1040)

June 15

Military Personnel on Duty Outside the U.S. File Form 4868 to Request 4-Month Income Tax Return Filing Extension (payment of tax not extended)

June 15

Puerto Rico Storm, Flooding and Landslide Victims' Extended Deadline for Filing and Payment Obligations from February 4 to June 14

Military personnel and other taxpayers who are serving or living outside the U.S. have until June 15 to file their 2021 tax return. If they want a four-month filing extension, they must submit an application by June 15.

Estimated tax payments for the 2nd quarter of 2022 are also due June 15, while the tip reporting deadline for workers who received tips in May is June 10.

Victims of the severe storms, flooding, and landslides in Puerto Rico that began on February 4, 2022, can wait until June 15 to file federal returns or pay federal taxes that are ordinarily due between February 4 and June 14.

July 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

July 11

Tips for June 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

For July, employees need to report any tips receive in June to their employer by July 11. Other than that, you can enjoy your time at the pool or beach without having to worry about tax deadlines!

August 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

August 10

Tips for July 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

August 31

New Mexico Wildfire and Straight-Line Wind Victims' Extended Deadline for Filing and Payment Obligations from April 5 to August 30

The summer slowdown for tax deadlines continues in August. The only reoccurring due date for individuals is the monthly tip report. Workers who received tips in July must report them to their employer by August 10.

In addition, victims of the wildfires and straight-line winds in New Mexico that began on April 5, 2022, can wait until August 31 to file federal returns or pay federal taxes that were supposed to be due between April 5 and August 30.

September 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

September 12

Tips for August 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

September 15

Estimated Tax Payment for 3rd Quarter of 2022 (Form 1040-ES)

There are two notable tax due dates in September. First, employees must report August tips to their employer by September 12. Second, estimated tax payments for the 3rd quarter of 2022 are due by September 15.

October 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

October 11

Tips for September 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

October 17

File Extended 2021 Tax Return (Form 1040) and Pay Tax Due

October 17

Withdraw Excess IRA Contributions in 2021 to Avoid Penalty if Filing of Form 1040 Was Extended

October 17

Contribute to Solo 401(k) Plan or Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) Plan for 2021 by Self-Employed if Filing of Form 1040 Was Extended

If you were granted an extension to file your 2021 tax return, now's the time to send that return to the IRS. The due date for extended returns is October 17. For those who received an extension, October 17 is also the last date for (1) self-employed people to contribute to a solo 401(k) or a simplified employee pension (SEP) plan for 2021, or (2) withdrawing excess IRA contributions made in 2021.

For workers who received tips in September, the deadline to report those tips to your employer is October 11.

November 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

November 10

Tips for October 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

November is another slow month on the tax calendar. The only deadline is for employees reporting tips earned in October to their boss. That report is due November 10.

December 2022 Tax Due Dates

Date

Deadline

December 12

Tips for November 2022 Reported to Employer (Form 4070)

December 31

Contribution to Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan for 2022 (401(k), 403(b), 457 or federal thrift savings plans)

December 31

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) by Individuals Who are 73 or Older at the End of 2022

December is the time to make any last-minute moves to lower your tax bill for the year. But there are also some other important due dates that you need to be aware of to stay out of hot water with the IRS. There's the monthly tip reporting deadline, which is December 12 for reporting November tips to your employer. Plus, 2022 contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans (e.g., 401(k), 403(b), 457 or federal thrift savings plans) must be in by December 31. That's also the deadline for taking an RMD for 2022 if you're 73 or older at the end of the year.

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