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The 2020 Deadline to File and Pay Your Taxes Has Been Extended

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Need more time to file & pay your taxes? We’ve got the latest information and Easy-To-Use Tax Programs that let you file for FREE!

Here’s a bit of good news for you! In a tweet, the Secretary of the Treasury announced that Tax Day has been moved from April 15th to July 15th as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.


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Individuals and corporations now have until July 15th to file and pay your taxes.

  • Individuals: Income tax filing and payment deadlines for individual returns are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates.
  • Corporations: For C Corporations, income tax filing and payment deadlines are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $10 million of their 2019 tax due.

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The IRS will automatically provide this relief to taxpayers – there is no need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief. You can find more details on the IRS website here.


Although the payment deadline has been extended, this is your last chance to score select software filing programs for FREE.

1. With Turbo Tax, both State AND Federal are FREE!

TurboTax is allowing taxpayers to file Federal (1040A or 1040 EZ) AND State tax returns completely FREE with TurboTax Free Edition. For those who need to upgrade to more advanced tax preparation software, they’re currently offering their Deluxe, Premier, and Self-Employed online filing programs for up to $30 off!

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2. File for FREE with H&R Block – even with deductions.

Head over to H&R Block where you can file your taxes online for FREE! Their free online tax filing includes twice as many forms as Turbo Tax includes child & dependent care expenses, student loan interest deduction, tuition, and fees statement, and health coverage exemptions.


3. Enjoy advanced features at no extra cost with FreeTax USA.

Consider using FreeTaxUSA.com to e-file your Federal return directly to the IRS, and you can choose from their Simple, Basic, or Advanced filing programs – all for free! Add a state return for only $12.95.

Hip Tip: This site has been highly recommended by our Hip2Save readers for its easy to use platform and no-nonsense pricing!


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4. Surprise filing fees? Not with Credit Karma Tax.

Filing with Credit Karma Tax is as FREE as it gets! Head over to Credit Karma’s site to get started with your free federal AND state return. And if you filed with another tax prep software last year, you can take advantage of their Jumpstart service to import last year’s return from H&R Block, TurboTax, or TaxAct.

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5. eSmart Tax features simple and FREE filing.

File through e-Smart Tax by Liberty Tax to e-file your Federal return completely FREE. E-Smart Tax technology ensures you get your highest possible refund and they offer a simple step-by-step Q&A preparation, along with FREE chat support. State returns are available as well starting at $29.99.

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6. Get a maximum refund guarantee with TaxAct.

Head over to TaxACT to sign up for a FREE Federal and FREE State edition of their software where you’ll be able to prepare, print, and electronically file your federal tax return for free! Plus, you can get 20% off TaxAct’s 2019 Deluxe+, Premier+, or Self Employed+ federal tax filing products!


7. File your federal & state taxes FREE with Tax Slayer.

File your Federal AND State return for FREE when you use the TaxSlayer Simply Free plan. You can also get low pricing on their advanced filing software.


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More Tax-Filing Tips:

Head to IRS.gov to file your federal taxes for free (income must be below $69,000).


Check the daily deal sites. Groupon has offered up significantly reduced vouchers for online tax preparation products in the past and will likely have similar offers over the next few months.


Check with your local college. One reader reported that the accounting students at her local college will do her tax returns for free (and then they’re reviewed by the professor to ensure they are correct).


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help for older taxpayers and people with limited incomes. Find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in your community by visiting the AARP website.


If you are in the military, check out Military One Source for more information about different tax filing resources available.


Check for VITA-assisted filing. Families that earned less than $54,000 in 2018, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers may qualify for assistance through the VITA Program. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Find a VITA Volunteer site in your community by visiting the IRS tax prep website.


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Comments 17

  1. C

    @H2S they also are waiving payments on student loans through July! Just FYI

    • Shoppingfan

      Isn’t it only on certain loans, meaning not those held with private banks? Just want to clarify.

      • Jennifer

        Yes, only federal loans.

  2. Lisa

    I know H2S has it listed as a site to go to, but just a few weeks ago, NBC had a segment on regarding ensuring you go through the IRS website (www.irs.gov/freefile) because there was something about H&R Block and TurboTax where they ended up charging something towards the end. Sorry, cannot remember exactly what it was but it didn’t put TurboTax and H&R Block in a total good light. Hope someone can Google it. I was pretty shocked regarding the news segment, but somehow the companies defended their practice. The news segment simply recommended going through the IRS website directly.

    • Amanda

      I just checked and I did not see anything about hidden fees. The article stated that the companies removed their free version web address from Google search. So unless you had heard about the free version and knew the web address, you would end up clicking on the paid version. Thank You for mentioning something though because this totally happened to me last year where I had accidentally used the regular web address and noticed at the end that it was asking me to pay for charges so I had to find the free version web address and start all over 🙁 And that was NOT so fun LOL!!

      • Lisa

        Thank you, Amanda, for clarifying that. Much appreciated.

        • DaisyRose

          You are right about H&R Block. At the beginning link where I started it showed $0 for both federal and state, there were no notations saying that there would be any additional costs. I spent my entire evening doing federal and making sure it was correct and now all of a sudden when I go to do the state return it is showing it costs $22.50 for filing the state. I just wasted my entire evening and now have to do it all over again somewhere else. Yes, I can pay the $22.50 for the state, but I don’t like to be fooled into something.

  3. Amanda

    I don’t think this is accurate anymore…they’ve actually extended both the filing and payment deadline to July 15th.

    • Gerta

      You are correct Amanda! Hip2Save is great about making sure the post is updated with the correct information!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for catching that! I just updated it, Amanda!

    • Allison

      Where do you see that both the filing and payment have been extended.

      The 3/18 article in the post links to the IRS where it says “. The filing deadline for tax returns remains April 15, 2020.”

      Is there another article that says something different? If so can someone please post a link?

      Thanks so much on advance!!

      • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

        Good Morning! “We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” was tweeted by Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.”

        See more here – https://twitter.com/stevenmnuchin1/status/1241002750483324930

  4. IB

    July…should tell you something about how long this virus will be around unfortunately.

  5. hawkeyelisa

    This is Federal only, check with your state to see if the deadline for filing will also change.

  6. Scarlet B

    Thanks H2S. Do we know if the deadline to submit estimated taxes for 1st quarter 2020 has also been extended?

    • AmyKay

      This is a good question! I found this on the Los Angelos Times website:
      The IRS on Wednesday also delayed the first installment of quarterly estimated tax payments that businesses and self-employed individuals send to the IRS, which will now be due July 15. A stimulus package being negotiated in the Senate could move that deadline back even further, to Oct. 15.

  7. Tammy

    I encourage everyone to go ahead and prepare and file their tax returns. Get it off your to do list. If you have a refund, it will be nice to go ahead and get the money. If you owe, the payment date is being extended.

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