Apr 10, 2020

IRS Issues Additional Relief Measures

Late Thursday afternoon (April 9), the IRS issued News Release 2020-66, in which they announced that Notice 2020-23 extends additional key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses. The notice, which amplifies Notice 2020-18, expands this relief to additional returns, tax payments and other actions. As a result, the extensions generally now apply to all taxpayers that have a filing or payment deadline falling on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020. Individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers qualify for the extra time. This means that anyone, including Americans who live and work abroad, can now wait until July 15 to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due.

The notice also answers our questions about estimated tax payments due before July 15. The notice extends relief to estimated tax payments due June 15, 2020. This means that any individual or corporation that has a quarterly estimated tax payment due on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020, can wait until July 15 to make that payment, without penalty.

Another very significant inclusion in the relief provided by the notice relates to 2016 unclaimed refunds. For 2016 tax returns, the normal April 15 deadline to claim a refund has also been extended to July 15, 2020. The law provides a three-year window of opportunity to claim a refund. If taxpayers do not file a return within three years, the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury. The law requires taxpayers to properly address, mail and ensure the tax return is postmarked by the July 15, 2020, date.

If you have any questions about the specific returns, payments, and other actions for which postponement to July 15 applies, please reference the notice or call your BMSS tax advisor.