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Missouri tax deadline pushed to May 17

JEFFERSON CITY – Missourians are getting an extra month to file 2020 tax returns with the Missouri Department of Revenue because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The deadline to file and pay state individual taxes will be May 17 this year instead of the traditional date of April 15.

Gov. Mike Parson explained in a statement: “As our state continues recovering from COVID-19, we understand that many Missourians are still feeling the effects of the past year. Extending the filing and payment deadline by one month will provide additional relief to Missouri families and tax professionals as they work to meet their obligations during what has already been a challenging tax season.”  

This decision mirrors Wednesday’s announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that individual taxpayers would receive automatic extensions to file and pay federal income tax for the 2020 tax year. The IRS has said it will issue formal guidance in the coming days.

Here’s a rundown on the new rules this tax season:

  • The deadline to file individual income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021.
  • The deadline to pay taxes owed on individual income tax returns with a due date of April 15, 2021, has been extended until May 17, 2021.
  • This relief applies to individual taxpayers, including those who pay self-employment tax. However, it does not apply to estimated tax payments that are due on April 15, 2021; that deadline has not changed.
  • Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of May 17, 2021. Individuals that file their return and pay their balance by May 17, 2021, will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the tax paid by May 17.
  • Customers may still ask for an extension of time to file their individual income taxes. With that extension, the return will not be due until October 15, 2021. However, any payments must still be made by May 17, 2021.

Earlier this year, the IRS announced that the nation’s 2021 electronic tax filing season would begin on Feb. 12. Since e-filed state returns are first sent to the IRS, the Department also began accepting and processing e-filed returns for the 2020 tax year on Feb. 12.

“With a delayed start and recent tax code changes, this tax season is a particularly complicated one,” Director of Revenue Ken Zellers said. “For Missourians who have yet to file, we strongly encourage you to file electronically and use direct deposit, as it will result in the most accurate return and the fastest refund.”

Department of Revenue online services and resources:

  • The Department’s Tax Return Status Tracker lets people enroll in automatic text and email alerts. Customers need their Social Security number, filing status, and anticipated refund or balance due to enroll and must re-enroll each year.
  • Get answers 24/7 by reviewing the Personal Tax FAQs
  • Email questions to

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