2023: The third consecutive year where, once again, April 15 isn't Tax Day.
April is here, bringing us showers, spring-like weather, and the annual Tax Day.
It's also the third consecutive year, Tax Day is not April 15.
This year, as happened in 2022, it's because of a calendar convergence. April 15, 2023, is on Saturday. But instead of moving to Monday, April 17, Tax Day goes to Tuesday, April 18. That's because the 17th is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C.
When this commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia (officially on April 16, 1862) falls on the day our federal taxes are due, it bumps Tax Day nationwide to the next business day. So once again, as in 2022, that's April 18.
In addition to more time to get our 1040 forms done (and 2021 tax year bills paid), we also get another couple of days to put money into and count it as 2021 contributions to traditional or Roth IRAs, health savings accounts (HSAs), Archer Medical Savings Accounts (Archer MSAs), and Coverdell education savings accounts (Coverdell ESAs).
All y'all who live in states with income taxes (which is most of them, and D.C.) also should note the later tax due date. Most of those states (and D.C.) also follow Uncle Sam's tax deadline.
Finally, just to bring things around — or rather triangulate since we're talking about the third straight year — in case you forgot, Tax Day 2021 was even later. It was pushed to May 17 that year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
I know, it's just one day into April and I'm already exhausted by tax technicalities.
But millions of us have time to take a breath, since we have 17 more days to deal with our taxes. So let's get to it, and the tips that help us finish the job.
And when April 19 rolls around, the tips will look at ways to start reducing our already accruing 2023 tax bills.
- Don't be a tax fool — Don't be a tax fool on April 1 or any day of the year. You can make sure that doesn't happen by not falling for any of these 10 tax myths. (April 1, 2023)
- File Form 4868 to get a tax extension — Maybe you've encountered a baffling tax issue. Or you're still waiting on some documents. Or you just can't get pumped to finish your 1040. Whatever the reason for postponing work on your tax return, file Form 4868 instead. It will get you six more months to file your return. Remember, though, you must pay any tax due when you submit your extension request. (April 2, 2023)
- 6 tax moves to make in April — April is here, bringing us spring showers, a full slate of mlb baseball games, and, for most of us, Tax Day. Here are six tax moves to consider as this year's April 18 filing deadline nears. (April 3, 2023)
- Don't wave these audit red flags — The chances of getting audited are relatively low. That's why you don't want to invite Internal Revenue Service interest in your tax return by taking tax actions, like these 8 tax red flags, that are sure to catch an IRS examiner's eye. (April 4, 2023)
- IRS TAC walk-ins welcome on Saturday, 4/8 — Need some in-person tax help? The Internal Revenue Service's third walk-in weekend at selected Taxpayer Assistance Centers is this Saturday, April 8. Taxpayers who can't make a weekday appointment at a TAC can walk in to the open facilities on April 8 — this time 50 TACs in 29 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. — from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. No appointments needed. (April 5, 2023)
- Don't fall for W-2 scams — They're baaaack! Tax scammers that is. Actually, they really never leave, just adjust their cons for each filing season. This year, the Internal Revenue Service reports some new W-2 scams are showing up. (April 8, 2023)
- Beware this year's Dirty Dozen tax scams — Schemes involving W-2 forms are just a part of the Internal Revenue Service's annual Dirty Dozen tax warning. The 2023 list of the 12 top tax scams has some oldies-but-baddies, as well as new tax cons designed to steal your tax refund, your other money, and in some cases your total identity. And don't let your guard down after Tax Day. Tax con artists work year-round. (April 10, 2023)
- Tax help for international taxpayers — If you're a U.S. taxpayer abroad and have a tax matter you need to discuss with the Internal Revenue Service, you're going to have to call. And the International Taxpayer Service Call Center is in the United States. (April 12, 2023)
- Tax Day also is Estimated Tax Day — Tax Day 2023 is almost here, and it will be double tax duty for a lot of taxpayers. In addition to next Tuesday, April 18, being the deadline to file 2022 returns and pay any due tax, many people also will make their first estimated tax payment for 2023. Here's more on the why, when, and how to pay estimated taxes. (April 14, 2023)
- Last weekend before Tax Day filing tips — It's the last weekend before 2022 tax returns (and payments) are due on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. Here are some tax tips that could help, regardless of whether you're just starting on your Form 1040, are putting on the polishing touches, or plan to get a filing extension. (April 15, 2023)
- File Form 4868 to get 6 more months — If you can't file your return by Tax Day, April 18, 2023, then it's extension time. File Form 4868 to get until Oct. 16, 2023, to submit your 2022 tax year return. Remember, though, you must pay any tax due when you submit your extension request. (April 16, 2023)
- 10 last-minute tax filing tips — Are you still working on, or about to start, your 2022 tax return? Here are 10 last-minute tax filing tips that could help you complete the job by tomorrow's Tax Day, April 18. (April 17, 2023)
- 5 tips to make it through Tax Day — It's Tax Day! You still have time to file, either your 1040 or, more likely, an extension. Here are 5 tips to help get you through this 2023 tax filing deadline day. (April 18, 2023)
- Ways to pay a surprisingly large tax bill — You finished your tax return, but discovered you owe Uncle Sam much more than you expected. Worse, you don't have the cash to cover your total tax bill. What now? Here are some ways to deal with a tax balance that's just too darn big to pay in one fell swoop. (April 18, 2023)
- Didn't file on April 18? Do this now! — So you missed Tax Day. It happens. Don't panic. But don't dawdle. Here are 4 tax moves to make as soon as possible. They will limit any penalty and interest charges that started accruing at 12:01 a.m. April 19. (April 20, 2023)
- Claiming the larger, but more complicated, EV tax credit — The theme for April 22's Earth Day celebration this year is "Invest in Our Planet." Some folks are doing that by investing in an electric vehicle (EV) to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. They also could be nudged down the EV road thanks to the new $7,500 EV tax credit. Here's a look at the somewhat complicated rules and the vehicles that currently qualify. (April 22, 2023)
- Tax record keeping tips — Now that you've finished filing your tax return, it's time to deal with all the material that helped you fill out your 1040. Here's what you need to keep and for how long. These 7 record-keeping questions and answers also can help you create a tax document storage system. (April 25, 2023)
- Don't miss property tax appraisal protest deadline — Sure, you love your home and think it's priceless. But you have an issue with your official property appraisal amount, especially since the unexpectedly high value could mean a much bigger real estate tax bill this year. It's time to protest that appraisal. Make sure you don't miss the deadline to do so. (April 27, 2023)
- Pay your property taxes or risk losing your home — Property taxes seem to keep going up, posing problems for homeowners, particularly older ones on fixed incomes. But if you don't pay your real estate taxes, or make arrangements to cover them, you could lose your home. That happened in Minnesota, where a county's tax seizure and sale case now is awaiting the Supreme Court's decision on the validity of its seizure and sale collection system. (April 28, 2023)
Yes, you can click on May through December links below, too, but you'll just be greeted (again) by that nay-saying guy's GIF, instead of helpful Internal Revenue Service and tax code tips.
But the year's earlier months' listing of tax tips are live. You can check out those pieces of tax advice if you're still working on your 2022 tax return.
Don't worry. The new months and tax tips will be here before you know it, and for those of us who decide to put off filing our 1040s a bit longer by getting an extension.