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Taxpayers who automatically qualify for a filing extension

Besides the inhabitants of Maine and Massachusettsmost American taxpayers had until yesterday’s deadline file their 2021 tax return. However, some people are automatically eligible for an extension. disaster victimsthose who serve in combat zone and those who live abroad automatically have more time to submit their application.

Victims of the December 2021 Tornadoes and Floods in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee have until Monday, May 16, 2022 to file their 2021 returns and pay any tax due, just like the victims of Colorado wildfires and straight-line winds that began on December 30. In addition, the victims of the severe storms, floods and landslides that began on February 4 in Porto Rico will have until Wednesday, June 15, 2022, to deposit and pay.

Military service members and eligible support personnel serving in combat zones have at least 180 days after leaving the combat zone file their income tax return and pay any taxes owing. This includes those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat zones. A complete list of localities designated for combat zones can be found in Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide, available on

US citizens and resident foreigners who live and work outside the United States and Puerto Rico have until Wednesday, June 15, 2022 file their 2021 tax return and pay any taxes owing.

The special June 15 deadline also applies to members of the military serving outside the United Statesand Puerto Rico who are not eligible for the longer combat zone extension. The taxpayers concerned must attach to their return a declaration explaining which of these situations applies.

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