What Happens if You Missed the Tax Deadline?

If you missed the tax deadline and owe the IRS money, it can cost you penalties and interest.

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If you missed the tax deadline (April 15 for most people) for filing your federal tax return, you could face IRS penalties. But if you didn't file your 2023 federal tax return or request an extension by April 15, don't let that stop you from completing your Form 1040, and paying your tax as soon as possible if you owe the IRS money

And, if you cannot file your federal income tax return, at least pay what you can now. Acting quickly after you miss the tax deadline will help keep the penalties and interest you may owe from getting out of hand.

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Rocky Mengle

Rocky Mengle was a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger from October 2018 to January 2023 with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, Rocky worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.