IR-2020-58, March 21, 2020
WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service
announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is
automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15,
2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of
the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including
individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate
tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to
qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief.
Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15
deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through
their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on
IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.
The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as
possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.
“Even with the filing deadline extended, we urge taxpayers who are
owed refunds to file as soon as possible and file electronically,” said
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Filing electronically with direct
deposit is the quickest way to get refunds. Although we are curtailing
some operations during this period, the IRS is continuing with
mission-critical operations to support the nation, and that includes
accepting tax returns and sending refunds. As a federal agency vital to
the overall operations of our country, we ask for your personal support,
your understanding – and your patience. I’m incredibly proud of our
employees as we navigate through numerous different challenges in this
very rapidly changing environment.”
The IRS will continue to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 virus, and updated information will be posted on a special coronavirus page on IRS.gov.
This announcement comes following the President’s emergency
declaration last week pursuant to the Stafford Act. The Stafford Act is a
federal law designed to bring an orderly and systematic means of
federal natural disaster and emergency assistance for state and local
governments in carrying out their responsibilities to aid citizens. It
was enacted in 1988.
Treasury and IRS will issue additional guidance as needed and
continue working with Congress, on a bipartisan basis, on legislation to
provide further relief to the American people