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Tax Day 2022: Deadline to file 2021 tax returns is April 18 | See these fast facts

WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at the annual U.S. income tax filing deadline.

April 18, 2022 is the deadline for filing 2021 tax returns.

The video featured above is from a previous report.

Why isn’t it April 15?

The IRS says, “By law, Washington, D.C. holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone the same as federal holidays. The due date is April 18, instead of April 15, due to the Emancipation Holiday in the District of Columbia for everyone except taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts. Taxpayers in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 19, 2022 to file their returns due to the Patriots Day holiday in those states. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Monday, October 17, 2022, to file.”

Deposit statistics
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30.

Financial year 2020
The IRS amassed nearly $3.5 trillion in gross tax revenue and issued nearly 122 million refunds, totaling more than $736 billion.

Personal income tax returns filed
Total number of returns: 157 195 302
Gross amount received (in thousands of dollars): $1,837,443,578

Total personal income tax refunds (does not include economic impact payments)
Number: 141 420 379
Amount (in thousands of dollars): $391,223,927

Where are the taxes going?

(Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, FY2019)

  • Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, market subsidies 25%
  • Benefits for veterans and federal retirees 8%

  • Transport infrastructure 2%

  • Scientific and medical research 2%

  • International excluding security 1%


1862 – During the Civil War, the IRS originated when President Abraham Lincoln and Congress created the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax to pay for wartime expenses. The first income tax levies 3% on income between $600 and $10,000 and 5% on anything over $10,000. This income tax lasts until 1872.

1895 – The Supreme Court rules in Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan and Trust Co. that the uniform taxation of income across the United States is unconstitutional.

1913 – The 16th Amendment is ratified by the states, giving Congress the power to pass an income tax. Congress also introduces the first Form 1040 and levies a 1% tax on personal income over $3,000 with a 6% surtax on income over $500,000.

1918 – During World War I, to help finance the war, the highest rate of income tax was 77%. After the war, around 1929, the rate fell to 24%.

1954 – The deadline for filing tax returns is moved from March 15 to April 15, to give taxpayers more time to prepare their returns.

January 3, 1996 – Congress enacts the Taxpayer Bill of Rights to ensure relief from overzealous collection efforts on the part of IRS staff.

March 20, 2020 – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweets that Tax Day is moving from April 15 to July 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 17, 2021 – The IRS announces that the filing deadline has been moved from April 15 to May 17.


The-CNN-Wire contributed to this report.

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