When Does E-File End for 2015 Tax Returns?

Posted by on December 13, 2016
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You can e-file your 2014 Taxes today with RapidTax- the 2015 Tax Season started on January 20th!

The e-file deadline was October 17th, 2016 for 2015 tax returns.

Do you happen to be reading this after the deadline mentioned above? No worries. You can still file your 2015 tax return. You’ll just need to paper file it instead.

How to prepare and paper file your 2015 tax return online?

Sure, the e-file season for 2015 is over. You’re not completely out of luck. You can still prepare your tax return as you normally would. You’ll just need to send it into the IRS instead of submitting it online.

For example, if you typucally use RapidTax each year, you can also use us for your late returns. Here’s how it works:

  1. Create an account with a unique username and password.
  2. Begin entering in your 2015 tax information to our user-friendly application. Feel free to contact our support team with any questions along the way!
  3. Continue through the checkout process and submit your return to be prepared on IRS tax forms.
  4. Print, sign and mail your return to the IRS.

When to expect your 2015 tax refund

That’s right, you can still claim your 2015 tax refund; penalty-free. Keep in mind that your return processing time can take about six weeks. This, in turn, means that you won’t receive your tax refund in the usual 21-day time frame.

Plan ahead for your 2016 tax return.

Although it’s simple enough to file late with RapidTax, it’s always more beneficial for you to file on time. Here’s how you can get on the right track for next year.

  • Stay Organized: Have all your documents, receipts and income statements in order before you start preparing your tax return.
  • E-File: Electronically filing your tax return is safer, easier and MUCH faster than paper filing.
  • Choose Direct Deposit: Why wait months for your tax refund when you can have it within 21 days? Having your refund direct deposited into your bank account means you’ll receive your tax refund much faster than choosing to receive a check.
  • Get Help: Use a tax service who can answer the tax questions you have. Don’t file your tax return without having your questions answered.


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43 Responses to “When Does E-File End for 2015 Tax Returns?”

  1. cheryl jones says:

    Will everyone get there tax return early in 2015 and when can anyone start efiling

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      The official start date has not been released as of yet but it is typically around the middle-end of January. Be sure to check back with our website as we give the option to get started on your taxes a few weeks before the actual start date.

      • Kitty Wertz says:

        I have been looking for that answer as well. Why would the IRS not know the answer by December. I need to file for my refund…..

        • Tax Advisor says:

          Hi Kitty,

          The official start date for tax season is announced by the IRS closer to the beginning of the year. I can understand your frustration however, please know that we will inform you as soon as possible once they announce the official start date.

  2. Lorrie Herndon says:

    I would like to know if in fact there will be a delay in receiving a refund this year? I have been reading articles, that say we may not our refunds until October of 2015, is this true?

    Like everyone I have planned my vacation around my tax refund.

    Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

    Lorrie Herndon

  3. Deanna says:

    Is it true if we file early in Jan when we’re able to we are not going to start getting our return till October?

  4. tammy says:

    can hardly wait to file taxes,prayerfully it won’t be any delays, realty need my refund early this year,keeping my fingers crossed.

  5. Craig says:

    When will we be able to find out the earliest date we can file?

  6. Debra Sawyer says:

    I guess I am confused, because from what I’ve heard and read, we have until April to file but don’t expect to get
    a refund until October 2015. Is this true?
    I normally get my rapidtax refund Back by February or March.

  7. mathew says:

    I was told that ur able to get a lump sum out of your tax return early. is this true

  8. Alex R says:

    Hello is there a way to try to get a copy of w-4 or if you were 1099 since I will be moving and the postal service will not toward any mail pertaining taxes wise before moving out?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Alex,

      I suggest contacting the employer that initially issued you the 1099. They should have a copy of it.

      If they are unable to provide you with one then you can request a transcript from the IRS website that will include all pay information that you need.

  9. Krishna says:

    Can I “e-file” my return and apply for my spouse’s ITIN simultaneously?
    If yes, please advise the process.

  10. MARIE JOHNSON says:

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  11. stan says:

    Do you know when you will be able to file your taxes?

  12. latoya says:

    when can we started file income taxes can we use check stub

  13. Laketha says:

    On my check stub i see they is taking out for USS, can you tell me what that is?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Laketha,

      USS is federal income tax withholding. It is calculated based on how you are paid (weekly/biweekly) and how you filled out your W-4 form with your employer.

  14. Sylvia says:

    If file my taxes with a taxpreparer but decided to go with someone else. Is it possible to cancel that return before tax season start on the 20th or is it to late

  15. Brittany says:

    I have a question because im having problems with cancelling with LibertyTax. They say I cant cancel because they have transmitted my taxes to the irs already. But I keep reading everywhere that nothing can be sent to the IRS till the 20th! Liberty Tax is lieing to me right!?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Brittany,

      The IRS announced the official start date of the tax season to be January 20th. LibertyTax may have submitted already but the IRS will most likely not be accepting until the start date.

  16. Tamekia says:

    Hi how soon after e filing will I be able to check where’s my refund for a status?

  17. Allan says:

    I helped 3 people file taxes, 1 filed January 20th and 2 filed January 24th. Both returns filed on the 24th were accepted, approved today and direct deposit was received today. The return filed on the 20th was only accepted. Any clue why 2 returns processed 4 days later have been approved but the one filed on the 20th is still processing?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Allan,

      This could be occurring for numerous reasons. This could depend on the complexity of each return, the filing status, or maybe the IRS requires additional information/documentation. Keep in mind that if it is anything urgent, you will be notified as soon as possible to fix the issue.

  18. Frances William says:

    My friend did not ask for an extension on his 2014 tax. Can he just file by Oct 2015?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Frances,

      If you are expecting a refund from the IRS, then there will be no penalty for filing late. When expecting a refund, you have three years from the filing year’s deadline to claim your refund. On the other hand, if you are expecting to owe the IRS after filing, you have until the April 15th deadline for that filing year before accumulating late fees. The October deadline unfortunately only applies to you if you have filed for an extension. That being said, you should still file as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the more the penalty fees will amount to. You can create an account with Rapidtax today and we can help you file before accumulating unwanted fees. We also offer customer service via phone, livechat and email at no extra cost to you so our tax professionals are there to help you every step of the way.

  19. joanna owens says:

    What is earliest time you can file for rapid refund for 2015

  20. Feda_21 says:

    My tax specialist e-filed for my 2013-2014 tax returns on November 29 2015. Now i’ve read in places that you can’t e-file past year returns after Oct 2015. Is this true? And how long do past years refunds take to be returned?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Feda,

      Only current year tax returns can be e-filed. In addition to that, current year tax returns can only be e-filed until October 15th of that year’s tax season. For example, taxpayers were eligible to e-file their 2014 tax return until April 15th, 2015 (without filing for an extension) and October 15th, 2015 (if they filed for an extension). These two dates are the same each tax year (unless otherwise stated by the IRS).

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