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- The 2018 tax day you need to know is Tuesday, April 17 – two days later than usual.
- That’s the day when individual tax returns are due to the IRS for tax year 2017.
- It’s also the last day to make a 2017 IRA contribution.
April 15 is usually Tax Day. But in 2018, it’s a few days later.
This year, taxes aren’t due until Tuesday, April 17. That’s the deadline for submitting individual tax returns to the IRS for tax year 2017.
For freelancers or self-employed taxpayers, April 17 is also the deadline for making first quarter 2018 estimated tax payments.
And it’s also the last day to make a contribution to a Roth IRA, or a traditional IRA – deductible or not – according to TurboTax.
The reason Tax Day doesn’t fall on the 15th in 2018 is two-fold: First, April 15 falls on a Sunday this year. And second, Washington DC celebrates Emancipation Day on April 16. So Tax Day is pushed to the 17th.
Importantly, Americans filing tax returns in spring 2018 will not feel the effects of the Republicans’ new tax law that was passed in December. That’s because tax day 2018 is when you file your 2017 taxes.
The new law, signed by President Donald Trump, went into effect on January 1, 2018. And that means you won’t feel the effects of it until spring 2019, when you file taxes for the previous year.
Elena Holodny contributed to an earlier version of this article.
Read more before filing your tax return this year:
- Here’s when you can expect your tax refund to hit your bank account, according to the IRS
- How to figure out if you should do your own taxes or hire a pro
- I tried 11 websites that let you file your taxes online for free – and there’s something for everybody
- We compared H&R Block and TurboTax for filing your taxes this year – and the winner is clear
- How to use H&R Block to file your taxes for free in 2018
- How to use TurboTax to file your taxes for free in 2018
Protect yourself against tax scams:
- The IRS isn’t calling you – it’s a scam, and here’s what to do if it happens to you
- Identity thieves are running the same scams this tax season – with a new twist
- Last year my tax refund was stolen – here’s what you should do so it doesn’t happen to you
See how you compare to other taxpayers:
- What Americans pay in state income taxes, ranked from highest to lowest
- The size of your tax refund depends on where you live – here’s how much the average person gets back in every state
- I filed my own taxes for the first time ever using TurboTax – and got the biggest refund I’ve ever received
- Getting a huge tax refund can be a costly mistake – here’s why a financial planner would rather get a bill