Income Tax Filing Deadline for 2020 Taxes

The IRS has announced that the filing deadline for individuals – Form 1040 – has been extended until May 17, 2021.  More information will be forthcoming, but if you were beginning to panic, you can now relax. 

“This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to continue to do everything possible to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic, while also working on important tax administration responsibilities,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.

Individual taxpayers can also postpone federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year due on April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This postponement applies to individual taxpayers, including individuals who pay self-employment tax. Penalties, interest and additions to tax will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by May 17.

PLEASE NOTE:  This relief does not apply to estimated tax payments that are due on April 15, 2021. These payments are still due on April 15, which is the first quarterly payment toward 2021 income tax obligations.

While there has been no formal announcement for the extension of time to file New Jersey Individual Income Taxes, it is expected that an extension announcement will be forthcoming to sync with the federal filing deadline. 

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Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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