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Alabama extends tax filing deadline to May 17

Interest will still accrue on payments made after April 15.


Alabama taxpayers have until May 17 to pay individual income tax returns, the Alabama Department of Revenue announced on Thursday.

The extension matches a federal individual income tax extension announced on Wednesday. 

Interest will still accrue on payments made after April 15, however. ALDOR issued a statement that it is not authorized to waive interest.

The department encouraged people to file as soon as possible because refunds can be approved earlier by avoiding the crush of last-minute filings. Gov. Kay Ivey also issued a statement encouraging residents to file early.

“While many Alabamians are getting their ducks in a row this tax season, they can rest a little easier knowing there will be an extension for filing both federal and state individual income tax. Folks will not accrue any penalty for payments received by May 17, 2021. However, we should still not delay, and I would encourage all Alabamians to go ahead and get your taxes filed and behind you,” she said.

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Micah Danney is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.



The state General Fund and Education Trust Fund saw historic revenues in 2021 due largely to federal pandemic assistance.


Interest will not begin accruing on individual tax filing payments until after May 17, 2021.


The sponsor said the legislation would give businesses, churches, schools and others immunity from civil liability resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.


The bill would exclude COVID relief payments from Alabama's individual income tax.