The Internal Revenue Service has given Americans an extra month to file their tax returns, with the traditional April 15 deadline pushed back to May 17.

Here’s all you need to know about the new deadline:

Taxpayers have until 11:59 p.m. ET on May 17 to file their tax returns, as opposed to the usual April 15 date. Forms must be postmarked or emailed by the deadline to avoid penalties and interest.

May 17 is also the last day taxpayers owing any money to the IRS can delay payments until: Those needing more time to file their returns, can apply for a further extension until October 15 by filling in Form 4868.

With all of the changes to the Tax law and guidelines that have come down, such as Form 7202, EITC and Family Leave for self-employed as caregivers, for example, taxpayers, filers and tax professionals need some extra breathing room and time to process everything.

It is worth noting, however, that the new deadline applies only to federal income taxes and returns. Taxpayers should double check if due dates for individual states have changed as not all of them have the same filing deadline as the federal government.

Dunham Tax Professionals is here for you every step of the way though these uncertain and everchanging times. As always, we’re ready to answer your questions and deal with your concerns – at tax time, and throughout the year. Contact us and schedule an appointment today.

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