The federal tax-filing deadline has been postponed until July 15 as the nation struggles to contend with the coronavirus pandemic.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the change on March 20 on Twitter. The IRS followed up and tacitly confirmed the new deadline, oddly enough, by retweeting Mnuchin and adding slightly more context.
At @realDonaldTrump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) March 20, 2020
The news came days after Mnuchin very publicly declared at a White House press conference that taxpayers would have to file by April 15, though they could put off paying any taxes they owed for up to 90 days after the deadline without incurring interest or being penalized. Now, according to Mnuchin’s latest statement, taxpayers can put off filing for up to 90 days as well.
Although the timing of these announcements is a bit confusing, the news isn’t much of a surprise. Mnuchin did say on March 11 that he was recommending pushing the deadline back.
This doesn’t apply to state income tax returns, which, depending on where you live, may still be due on April 15 (if your state has them at all). Many states are following the federal government’s lead: California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Wisconsin, for example, extended their deadlines to match the federal one in the days following Mnuchin’s announcement. But Hawaii, which has April 20 as its tax day, is still deciding whether to move its date. In other words, find out what your state is doing and don’t assume it will push tax day back to July 15.
Mnuchin urged taxpayers who are expecting refunds still to file as soon as possible to get the money they’re owed.
Update, March 23, 2020, 7:25 pm: Updated to reflect new state tax return deadlines.