2024 guide to filing taxes for individuals

2024 tax deadlines

The end of the 2024 tax season for most Americans is April 15, 2024. If you are unable to file before that date, you still have options.

You can file for an extension. Filing an extension
gives you an additional six months to October 15, 2024, to submit a complete return. If you believe you will owe taxes, you must estimate how much you owe and pay the amount due with your extension form .
You can file a late return without an extension. If you do not owe taxes or you expect a refund, you may not owe a penalty. If you owe taxes, you may be charged a penalty for filing late.

About filing your tax return

If you have income below the standard deduction threshold for 2023, which is $13,850 for single filers and $27,700 for those married filing jointly, you may not be required to file a return. However, you may want to file anyway. In many cases, especially for people with low incomes, these features can increase the amount you could receive in a refund. There are some key factors to make sure you look out for.


If you worked during 2023 and had taxes withheld from your paycheck, you may be able to get some or all of that “over-withholding” back in your refund. Make sure you get W2 forms from all your employers and enter that information into the tax form when you fill it out.