Key filing season dates

There are several important dates taxpayers should keep in mind for this year's filing season:

  • January 24, 2022. IRS Free File opens. Taxpayers can begin filing returns through Free File partners; tax returns will be transmitted to the IRS starting January 24, 2022. Tax software companies also are accepting tax filings in advance. 


  • First week of March. Tax refunds begin reaching those claiming EITC and ACTC (PATH Act returns) for those who file electronically with direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax returns.

  • April 18. Deadline for filing 2021 tax returns.

  • October 15. Deadline to file for those requesting an extension on their 2021 personal tax returns.

Important Business Dates

  • For most small businesses, including sole proprietorships, household employers, and C corporations, business taxes for the 2021 tax year are likely due April 18, 2022.


  • For S corporations and partnerships, taxes are due March 15, 2022.