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How will COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Affect the Tax Filing Deadline?

Jo Willets Director of Tax Resources Published On March 20, 2020

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Updated on March 27, 2020

With the Federal Government’s national recommendation to stay at home affecting businesses across the country, it may be time to file your taxes if you haven’t already done so. Remember, the majority of Americans filing taxes receive refunds, and additional funding during this time of uncertainty could provide you and your family with greater peace of mind.

Will the 2020 Federal Tax Filing Deadline be Extended due to Coronavirus?

The federal tax filing deadline was recently changed to July 15 for individual and business tax returns. Additional questions regarding tax extensions are addressed below:

Will tax refunds be delayed due to Coronavirus?

IRS Federal and state tax returns and refunds are being processed normally and have not been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, filing online with Jackson Hewitt Tax Pro From Home provides the safety of an easy-to-use service complemented by Tax Pros from the comfort of your own home. E-Filing is the quickest and safest way to file your tax returns, so file now to access any refunds you may have pending.

What if I owe taxes and can’t pay due to the financial impacts of Coronavirus?

If you file your taxes and find that you owe, the Treasury Department and IRS have formally extended the federal tax payment due date to July 15, 2020. Remember, you still have the ability to work with the IRS to establish a manageable payment plan. Jackson Hewitt’s Tax Pros can help you apply for the best payment plan for your financial situation while filing this year’s tax return. For convenience, this can be done on the phone or an internet-connected device.

What do I do if I need more time to file my taxes in 2020?

In the event you need more time to file your taxes, Jackson Hewitt's Tax Pros can begin the filing process and request an automatic six-month extension to ensure you have the time to apply all credits, deductions, and locate missing paperwork. You must pay your taxes, or what you estimate your tax bill to be, by July 15 to avoid additional fees and penalties.

Which States Have Extended Tax Deadlines Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

On March 21, 2020, the Treasury Department and IRS issued a press release extending the tax filing season and payments deadline to July 15, 2020, regardless of the amount owed. However, states were not required to implement these extensions, resulting in each state pursuing its own policy. 

“Though the federal tax deadline was extended to July 15, many states maintained their original deadlines; meaning over a third of taxpayers won’t have extra time to file or pay state taxes though they may have assumed they would,” explained Mark Steber, Chief Tax Officer for Jackson Hewitt Tax Services.

Steber emphasized that the situation remained dynamic as Covid-19  presented different problems to each state, and ultimately each taxpayer remained responsible for following their states updated guidelines on when to file. “Taxpayers should examine their state revenue websites for additional information and remain vigilant as this situation continues to develop.”

The table below provides a breakdown of each state’s tax deadline as of March 23, 2020. Please note that only 43 states have income tax requirements with Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming exempt.

State

Filing Date (Original)

Filing Date(Revised)

Alabama

15-April

15-July

Alaska

No Income Tax

No Income Tax

Arizona

15-April

15-July

Arkansas

15-April

15-April

California

15-April

15-July

Colorado

15-April

15-April

Connecticut

15-April

15-July

Delaware

30-April

30-April

District of Columbia

15-April

15-April

Florida

No Income Tax

No Income Tax

Georgia

15-April

15-April

Hawaii

22-April

22-April

Idaho

15-April

15-April

Illinois

15-April

15-April

Indiana

15-April

15-July

Iowa

30-April

31-July

Kansas

15-April

15-April

Kentucky

15-April

15-July

Louisiana

15-May

15-May

Maine

17-April

17-April

Maryland

15-April

15-July

Massachusetts

17-April

17-April

Michigan

15-April

15-April

Minnesota

15-April

15-April

Mississippi

15-April

15-April

Missouri

15-April

15-July

Montana

15-April

15-July

Nevada

No Income Tax

No Income Tax

New Hampshire

15-April

15-April

New Jersey

15-April

15-April

New Mexico

15-April

15-July

New York

15-April

15-July

North Carolina

15-April

15-July

North Dakota

15-April

15-July

Ohio

15-April

15-April

Oklahoma

20-April

15-July

Oregon

15-April

15-July

Pennsylvania

15-April

15-July

Rhode Island

15-April

15-April

South Carolina

1-May

1-June

South Dakota

No Income Tax

No Income Tax

Tennessee

15-April

15-July

Texas

No Income Tax

No Income Tax

Utah

15-April

15-July

Vermont

15-April

15-July

Virginia

1-May

1-June

Washington

No Income Tax

No Income Tax

West Virginia

15-April

15-April

Wisconsin

15-April

15-July

Wyoming

No Income Tax

No Income Tax

For updated information on which deadline applies to your state, visit the IRS’ State Government Website. To speed up the process, E-file with Jackson Hewitt Tax Pro From Home and enjoy the safety of an easy-to-use service complemented by Tax Pros from the comfort of your own residence. Should you owe, Jackson Hewitt’s Tax Pros can help you apply for the best payment plan while completing your tax return.

What Happens Next?

Additional information on the government’s response to COVID-19 can be found at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus. At present, IRS returns are being processed within normal timelines and as of March 6, more than 65 million returns were processed with 52 million filers receiving a refund of almost $3,000. If your refund is pending, now would be a wonderful time to have it in your possession and not with the government. We’re here to help. Give Jackson Hewitt a call and see how we’re still working hard for the hardest working.

About the Author

Jo Willetts, Director of Tax Resources at Jackson Hewitt, has more than 25 years of experience in the tax industry. As an Enrolled Agent, Jo has attained the highest level of certification for a tax professional. She began her career at Jackson Hewitt as a Tax Pro, working her way up to General Manager of a franchise store. In her current role, Jo provides expert knowledge company-wide to ensure that tax information distributed through all Jackson Hewitt channels is current and accurate.

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