Calendar Gives Taxpayers a Little More Time for File Tax Returns in 2022 by Jeffrey M. Mutnik, CPA

Posted on February 01, 2022

The IRS began accepting individuals’ 2021 federal income tax returns on January 24, marking the beginning of the 2022 tax filing season. For this year, taxpayers will have an additional three to four days to meet the filing deadline, known as Tax Day, which typically falls on April 15.

In 2022, Tax Day falls on a Friday, which also happens to be the day that Washington, D.C., celebrates Emancipation Day. However, because the IRS treats holidays recognized by the District of Columbia as national holidays, it has extended the 2021 individual income tax return filing deadline for most of the country to Monday, April 18, 2022. An exception applies to taxpayers in Main and Massachusetts, who will be celebrating Patriots Day on the 18th and therefore will have until Tuesday, April 19, 2022, to meet their 2021 federal income tax filing and payment obligations.

If these additional days do not provide you with enough time to file your 2021 returns, fear not. The government gives all taxpayers an automatic six-month extension to file their federal tax returns. Although this automatic extension deadline falls on Monday, October 17, 2022, individuals with tax liabilities for 2021 must pay their tax share to the U.S. government by the April 18 or April 19 original filing deadline.

About the Author: Jeffrey M. Mutnik, CPA/PFS, is a director of Taxation and Financial Services with Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs, where he provides tax- and estate-planning counsel to high-net-worth families, closely held businesses and professional services firms. He can be reached at the CPA firm’s Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., office at (954) 712-7000 or via email at