Miss. Dept. of Revenue pushes back tax filing deadline

Marco Green
March 26, 2020

The Income-Tax Department is "proactively pursuing" with the government extension of the statutory March 31 deadline to complete important tax-related works due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an all-India body of IRS officers said on Monday.

Just days after issuing guidance deferring the payment of certain tax obligations but maintaining the April 15 tax filing deadline, the IRS has changed course and announced in Notice 2020-18 that it is indeed extending the April 15 tax filing deadline.

Earlier this month, the federal tax deadline was pushed back to July 15.

"Till then, DoR (department of revenue under Union finance ministry) instructions based on DoPT " s 22/03 order allows us to do whatever work possible from home, even if ITBA tasks can not be carried out", the association of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers said.

The impact of this Notice on the filing of 2019 federal gift tax returns is unclear. The extension applies to Louisiana individual, corporation, fiduciary and partnership income tax returns and payments. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief. For those who can't file by the new July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers they can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004. Taxes will still be due on July 15, however.

Taxpayers who are expecting a tax refund should still file their returns as soon as possible. "Although we are curtailing some operations during this period, the IRS is continuing with mission-critical operations to support the nation, and that includes accepting tax returns and sending refunds".

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