IRS Extends More Tax Deadlines to Cover Individuals, Trusts, Estates, Corporations and Others

To help taxpayers, the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced that Notice 2020-23 (PDF) extends additional key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses.

Last month, the IRS announced that taxpayers generally have until July 15, 2020, to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15. No late-filing penalty, late-payment penalty or interest will be due.

The notice 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 specifically provides an automatic extension until July 15, 2020 of the Sec. 1031 45-day and 180-day periods for any period that would end on or after April 1, 2020 and before July 15, 2020.  An extension is not available if the 45-day or 180-day period expired prior to April 1.

Extension of time to file beyond July 15

Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline can request an extension to Oct. 15, 2020, by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004. An extension to file is not an extension to pay any taxes owed. Taxpayers requesting additional time to file should estimate their tax liability and pay any taxes owed by the July 15, 2020, deadline to avoid additional interest and penalties.

Estimated tax payments

Besides the April 15 estimated tax payment previously extended, today’s notice also 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.

2016 unclaimed refunds – deadline extended to July 15

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.

The filing and payment obligations covered by this notice include the following:

  • Individual income tax payments and return filings on Form 1040, Form 1040-SR, Form 1040-NR, Form 1040-NR-EZ, Form 1040-PR, and Form 1040-SS.
  • Calendar year or fiscal year corporate income tax payments and return filings on Form 1120, Form 1120-C, Form 1120-F, Form 1120-FSC, Form 1120-H, Form 1120-L, Form 1120-ND, Form 1120-PC, Form 1120-POL, Form 1120-REIT, Form 1120-RIC, Form 1120-S, and Form 1120-SF.
  • Calendar year or fiscal year partnership return filings on Form 1065 and Form 1066.
  • Estate and trust income tax payments and return filings on Form 1041, Form 1041-N, and Form 1041-QFT.
  • Estate and generation-skipping transfer tax payments and return filings on Form 706, Form 706-NA, Form 706-A, Form 706-QDT, Form 706-GS(T), Form 706-GS(D), Form 706-GS(D-1), and Form 8971.
  • Gift and generation-skipping transfer tax payments and return filings on Form 709 that are due on the date an estate is required to file Form 706 or Form 706-NA.
  • Estate tax payments of principal or interest due as a result of an election made under Code Secs. 6166, 6161, or 6163 and annual recertification requirements under Code Sec. 6166.
  • Exempt organization business income tax and other payments and return filings on Form 990-T.
  • Excise tax payments on investment income and return filings on Form 990-PF and return filings on Form 4720.
  • Quarterly estimated income tax payments calculated on or submitted with Form 990-W, Form 1040-ES, Form 1040-ES (NR), Form 1040-ES (PR), Form 1041-ES, and Form 1120-W.

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