IRS Delays Tax Filing Deadline Due to COVID-19– March 20, 2020 by Tony Bakale

On March 20, 2020, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced that the deadline for filing income tax returns for persons with returns due on April 15, 2020, has been moved to July 15, 2020. No action on the part of the tax filer is required. President Trump confirmed this change in the deadline during his press conference today. In addition, a similar provision is included in the Senate’s CARES Act, which was introduced to the Senate Finance Committee on March 19 and is currently working its way through the legislative process.

As of this time, the IRS has not published details regarding Treasury’s movement of the deadline. We believe this change in deadline applies to all applicable taxpayers with returns due on April 15, 2020. However, it is unclear whether the change is an extension or a change in the original due date. In certain circumstances — rare ones like contributions to IRAs — actions are required by the original due date.

Importantly, we believe it is in the best interest of our clients to continue to move deliberately towards completing tax returns as soon as possible. Considerations should be given for refunds, investor needs and other reporting that should not be delayed.

We will provide more information when the IRS issues guidance or when the CARES Act is signed into law.

Contact Tony Bakale at or a member of your service team to discuss this topic further.

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