The U.S. government is extending the tax-filing deadline to July 15, a move meant to give taxpayers extra time to deal with their taxes amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  Taxpayers now have an extra three months to both file and make payments without interest or penalties.

Originally, the federal government was going to give taxpayers until July 15 to pay taxes with interest and penalties, but you still had to file by April 15. That is no longer the case. Now you can wait until July 15 to file and pay your taxes.

This extension of the federal filing deadline does not apply to state tax returns.  Depending on where you live, your state income tax return may still be due on April 15, or on some other date now. For example, last week California pushed some deadlines to June 15 and has since moved it to July 15. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is keeping a list of the deadline changes by state.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said on its website. “State filing and payment deadlines vary and are not always the same as the federal filing deadline.” The agency urged taxpayers to “check with their state tax agencies for those details.”

On March 21st, the IRS issued a press release confirming the extension of the federal filing deadline until July 15, which is attached here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020

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