The Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) issued official guidance on March 18, 2020, that some income tax payments can be delayed for 90 days until July 15, 2020, with some limitations, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, taxpayers still need to file either their income tax return or extension request with the IRS for the 2019 tax year by April 15, 2020.
The guidance clarifies Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s earlier announcement on March 17, 2020, that businesses and individuals would be able to delay some tax payments, which led to confusion about the April 15 tax return filing date.
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