2023 Tax Deadlines You Need to Know

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The due date to file your 2023 tax return is April 18. Here are other important tax deadlines to be aware of in 2023.

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The official 2023 tax calendar is available from the IRS; verify directly with the IRS or your tax professional any deadlines that apply to you.

Here's a roundup of 2023 tax deadlines you need to know, including the due date to file your return for the 2022 tax year, which falls on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

If you were a W-2 worker with only one employer last year, your taxes might be fairly straightforward. But things can get tricky for self-employed folks, side hustlers and freelancers. Your taxes might also be more complicated if you received unemployment benefits in 2022, as that also counts as taxable income. Understanding your tax liability can be an effort in financial organization.

Various tax deadlines are sprinkled throughout the calendar year beginning as early as mid-January. Missing one could trigger financial repercussions later down the line. To make things a little easier, we rounded up the most common 2023 tax deadlines to put on your calendar.

January 17, 2023

Final Estimated Tax Due Date for the 2022 Tax Year

People who receive a W-2 from their employer automatically have federal and state income taxes deducted from their paychecks, but freelancers and self-employed workers must pay estimated taxes once their tax liability reaches a certain point. You can estimate your payment amounts using IRS Form 1040-ES or consult a tax professional for help, but keep in mind that it's a ballpark calculation. When you file your actual return, you may end up taking tax deductions and tax credits that affect your final tax liability. You'll either get a tax refund or owe money to the IRS.

January 23, 2023

IRS Begins Accepting 2022 Tax Returns

There's no rule saying you have to wait until April to file your taxes. Those who have all the necessary paperwork could submit their 2022 tax return as early as January 23. If you file electronically and are enrolled in direct deposit, you'll typically receive your tax refund within three weeks if you qualify for one. Here are some of the documents you'll need to file your tax return:

April 18, 2023

Due Date for 2022 Tax Returns, and First Estimated Tax Payment for 2023

April 18 is the tax filing deadline for your 2022 tax returns. If you're unable to meet it, you can look into getting an extension (more on this shortly). Be sure to plan ahead to reduce stress. Gather up all your necessary documents and block out time on your calendar. If you're working with a tax professional, send them any questions or concerns beforehand so they'll have time to find the answers. You'll also want to give yourself ample time if you're opting for do-it-yourself tax software.

Self-employed workers who make estimated quarterly tax payments are also expected to make their first payment on income earned from January 1 through March 31, 2023.

June 15, 2023

Due Date for Second Estimated Tax Payment for 2023

This estimated tax payment applies to income earned between April 1 and May 31.

September 15, 2023

Due Date for Third Estimated Tax Payment for 2023

This is the third estimated tax payment for 2023. It applies to income earned between June 1 and August 31.

October 16, 2023

Last Day to File Your 2022 Tax Return With an Extension

In a perfect world, we'd all complete and submit our paperwork to the IRS by the April tax deadline—but sometimes life happens. If you're unable to get it all done in time, rest easy knowing that you can buy yourself six more months by filing an extension. This would mean October 16 is the last day taxes can be filed with an extension.

It's important to clarify that an extension simply gives you more time to get your paperwork ironed out and submitted. If you owe money, you'll still have to make good on your tax liability by the April 18 tax deadline. A tax professional can help you estimate how much you owe before you file, or you can do the math yourself using line 13 of Form 1040-ES.

If you end up overpaying, you'll get a refund when you eventually file; you'll owe money if you underpaid. Failing to pay your taxes won't directly affect your credit, but you can expect the IRS to hit you with fees. The penalty is 0.5% of unpaid taxes per month until the debt is settled (fees cap at 25%). Eligible taxpayers may choose to enroll in an IRS payment plan.

Important Tax Filing Dates for Businesses

Just like individual citizens, businesses also have to pay taxes. Business owners should note the following tax deadlines for 2022:

  • January 31, 2023: If you had a business with employees in 2022, this is the day you must submit your W-2 forms to the IRS. You must furnish copies to your employees by this deadline as well. January 31 is also the due date to submit 1099 forms issued to independent contractors.
  • March 15, 2023: This is the tax filing deadline for S-corporations and partnerships to file their 2022 business returns.
  • April 18, 2023: Corporations must file their 2022 business tax returns by this date.
  • September 15, 2023: Final day for S-corporations and partnerships to file their 2022 business tax returns with an extension.
  • October 16, 2023: Last day for corporations to file their 2022 business tax returns if they received an extension.

Meeting Your Tax Deadlines

Keep track of the dates above to avoid penalties. If you need help filing taxes, consider enlisting the help of a tax accountant or a financial advisor. As a filer with a side hustle or household employees, getting some extra help to make sure you meet your tax obligations can help avoid the stress and confusion of navigating these deadlines alone.

Getting clear on your tax obligations can help you avoid IRS penalties and keep your financial house in order. It goes hand in hand with maintaining strong credit. Experian understands this, and allows you to check your credit score and credit report for free with just a few clicks.