Important tax deadlines


Mark your calendar with these tax filing and retirement account deadlines. Doing so can help simplify your financial life and may help you avoid IRS penalties.


Latest update: The IRS will begin accepting and processing returns on February 12, 2021. This does not impact the April 15 deadline to file tax returns.

  • February 1, 2021 is the deadline for employers to mail out W-2 Wage and Tax Statements and generally, for businesses to send various Forms 1099, which report non-employee compensation, bank interest, and distributions from a retirement plan, and help calculate your total taxable income. However, extended timelines may apply, resulting in a later mail date. 


  • Feb. 16, 2021 is the deadline for businesses to send various Forms 1099 for accounts which include securities and report interest, dividends, capital gains and losses, and other income to help you calculate your total taxable income. However, extended timelines may apply, resulting in a later mail date.


  • April 15, 2021 is the filing and payment date for 2020 federal income tax returns. You can file electronically or postmark your paper submission by that date
  • The deadline to make your IRA contribution for the 2020 tax year is April 15, 2021.
  • Individuals who filed for an extension need to file their 2020 federal income tax return by October 15, 2021. Returns filed by mail must be postmarked no later than this date. However, you should estimate and pay any owed taxes by the April 15 deadline to help avoid possible penalties.
  • If you are self-employed and filing for an extension for your personal taxes, you will have until the Oct. 15 deadline to file the paperwork for your individual tax return. However, any taxes you owe are still due on April 15.


  • December 31, 2021 is the deadline to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2021 tax year.
  • December 31 is the last day to convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA for the 2021 tax year.
  • The deadline to sell non-qualified securities to realize a gain or loss for the 2021 tax year is December 31, 2021, if appropriate.
  • December 31 is the last day to make charitable gifts which may qualify for a federal income tax deduction on your 2021 return.

Due to the importance of these deadlines, please check with your financial institution and ask for their guidelines so that you can meet them.

IRS deadlines for tax document mailing, individual tax return filing, IRA and Coverdell contributions and estimated tax payments are delayed to the next business day if they fall on a weekend or legal holiday.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation.