What date do I need to send in my return by so that the IRS will receive it before the filing deadline?

The IRS looks at the date your return was postmarked, not the date it was received. As long as your return is in the mail by the filing deadline it will not be counted as late no matter when it’s received.

This rule applies to the April 15 (May 17th in 2021), June 15, Oct 15, and Dec 15 filing deadlines.

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