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IRS clarifies extended filing deadline

Posted by Admin Posted on Mar 23 2020


The IRS and the Treasury Department formally issued guidance, Notice 2020-18 (the Notice), pushing back the federal tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020, aligning the filing due date with the extended deadline for payments. Taxpayers do not have to file for an extension to qualify for the extended due date.

  • Notice 2020-18  supersedes and expands upon earlier guidance that gave taxpayers extra time to pay their taxes but not to file income tax returns.
  • The Notice allows for the deferral of the entire balance due whereas previous guidance allowed individuals to only defer up to $1 million and corporations up to $10 million of tax payments without interest and penalties. 
  • The Notice applies to income tax returns and payments by individual taxpayers, trusts, estates, partnerships, associations, companies and corporations. Tax payments on self-employed income are included as well.
  • Estimated tax payments also moved to July 15, 2020, from April 15, 2020.  
  • The Notice does not address June 15, 2020, estimated payments, fiscal-year entities or other types of federal taxes or returns.


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