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State Tax Deadline for Individuals

State Tax Deadline for Individuals Postponed Until May 17, 2021

With COVID 19 changing most aspects of our everyday lives, it comes as no surprise to anyone that tax season has been impacted by the pandemic, too.

The federal government and the IRS have elected to push back the traditional “Tax Day” of April 15 by more than a month to May 17, giving people a little more time to get their taxes taken care of in light of how difficult the past year has been.

State governments have acted in a similar fashion for the most part.

The overwhelming majority of states have extended their deadline to match the federal government and IRS, but other states have taken different approaches – extending even further or not at all.

Below we dig a little bit deeper into how different states are handling tax filing schedules for 2021.

Most States Have Extended Their Tax Deadline to Match the Federal Schedule

To be fair, the overwhelming majority of states across the country have decided to move in lockstep with the IRS and push the traditional tax filing day of April 15 back to May 17, 2021.

This extended deadline is specifically for the filing of taxes and has no concrete impact on the quarterly payment schedule that entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers, and gig workers have to meet with their estimated tax payments (still due on April 15).

Here’s a quick breakdown of all the states that have extended their deadline to May 17:

  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Alabama not only moved Tax Day back, but they decided to extend their payment deadline to May 17 as well.

Hawaii and New Hampshire are Keeping the April 15th Date in Place

Both the states of Hawaii and New Hampshire decided that they were not going to make any changes to the traditional Tax Day of April 15 for 2021.

They are the only two states in the country that decided to go in this direction, though.

Iowa and Maryland Have Delayed Into June and July

Iowa and Maryland have moved their tax filing deadline from April 15 into the months of June and July, giving their citizens plenty of extra time to make sure that their taxes are taking care of this year.

Iowa extended the deadline back to June 1, 2021 whereas Maryland decided to push things back even further – all the way out to July 15, 2021.

Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma Have June 15 Delays, Too

Recognizing that the horrific storms that blew through Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma in February did so much devastation to this part of the country, the IRS and these individual state governments decided to move tax filing deadlines back to June 15, 2021.

That should provide plenty of buffer to citizens in the states that not only had to deal with the pandemic but also had to deal with these natural disasters, too.

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