Individual income filing due dates

Most people must file their tax return by May 1. Note: If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you have until the next business day to file with no penalty. 

Special Filing Deadlines

Members of the Military

If you’re stationed outside the United States or Puerto Rico on May 1, you have until July 1 to file your return and pay any taxes you owe.

Enclose a statement explaining that you were out of the country, and write Overseas Rule on the top of your return and on the envelope.

Combat Zone
If you’re serving in a combat zone, you receive the same filing and payment extensions allowed by the IRS, plus an additional 15 days, or a 1-year extension from the original due date. 

If you claim this extension, write Combat Zone on the top of your return and on the envelope. For more information, see Tax Bulletin 05-5

Extensions also apply to the spouses of military members who are serving in combat zones.

Military Deployment Outside the United States – Combat or Noncombat
If you’re deployed to military service outside the U.S., you’re allowed a 90-day filing extension following the completion of deployment. 

If you’re using this extension, write Overseas Noncombat on the top of your return and the envelope.

Note: If you’re deployed in combat service, you can use whichever extension is more beneficial for you (Combat or Noncombat).

Individuals Living Abroad or Traveling Outside the United States

If you’re living or traveling outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico on May 1, you have until July 1 to file your return. You must still pay any tax you expect to owe  by the May 1 due date. 

Enclose a statement explaining that you were out of the country, and mark Overseas Rule on the top of your return and on the envelope.

Foreign Income Exclusion

If you qualify for the federal foreign income exclusion and have requested an extension to file your federal return, you can apply for an extension to file your state return. 

Send a letter requesting an extension before the 1st day of the 7th month following the close of your taxable year. We will give you an extension of 30 days after the date you expect to qualify for the federal exclusion. When you file, enclose a copy of the approved federal extension with your return. 

Fiscal Year Filers

If you’re a fiscal year filer, you need to file on the 15th day of the 4th month after the close of your fiscal year.