HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers about the upcoming date to file 2020 tax returns.

Around 162,000 Connecticut residents asked for an extension for their tax returns and now have until Oct. 15 to avoid the penalty for filing late.

“While Oct. 15 is the last day for most people to file, some taxpayers may have more time,” IRS Spokesperson Michael Devine said. “Members of the military and others serving in a combat zone normally have 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file and pay any taxes due.”

To avoid delays, the IRS urges everyone to file electronically. Click here to review electronic filing options.

To reach the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services by phone during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 860-297-5962 (from anywhere); 800-382-9463 (within CT, outside Greater Hartford area only); or 860-297-4911 (Hearing Impaired, TDD/TT users only).

The DRS also offers remote videoconferencing via the Microsoft Teams platform, where taxpayers will receive DRS assistance in the comfort of their own homes from a trained DRS professional. To schedule an appointment, taxpayers should contact the DRS Taxpayer Services Contact Center at DRS@po.state.ct.us.