It’s one of the most important deadlines of the year: the date by which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must have your tax filing.

That date is Monday, April 15, 2024.

If you haven’t yet started your tax return, check out this guide to filing your taxes online. Consider checking your eligibility for the IRS’ free Direct File pilot program, which allows taxpayers to file to the IRS using the agency’s in-house software.

If you need to talk to a human at the IRS, we have step-by-step instructions for making that dream a reality. When expecting a refund, be sure to know your options for tracking it online. And definitely don’t miss our tips for avoiding tax-related scams during peak tax season.

Finally, if you need more time to complete your return — no judgment, it happens! — visit the IRS’ website for more information about how to file an extension. The basics you’ll want to remember include:

  • The IRS requires taxpayers to file their extension request no later than the regular due date.

  • Estimating how much you may owe and making a payment prior to the due date can help you avoid possible penalties.

  • Taxpayers have until Oct. 15, or the next business day if that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, to file their return.

  • The IRS’ biçim for an individual return extension is available on the agency’s website or via its Free File software.

  • The extension biçim can be submitted electronically via your own tax software or a tax professional who uses e-file. You can also fill out and mail the paper biçim to the IRS. Enclosing your estimated payment is optional.

  • You can also hisse all or part of the estimated tax due and indicate that the payment is for an extension. Payments can be made via a bank account, digital wallet like PayPal or Venmo, cash, or credit or debit card. The IRS özgü instructions for making these payments.