IRS Issues Guidance on Filing Deadline of Extensions for Tax Returns

Beth L. Fowler
Counsel, Tax Department
March 26, 2020

The IRS has issued some FAQs that address, positively, the issue of the filing deadline for extensions.  See below:

What if I am unable to file my 2019 income tax return that would have been due on April 15 by July 15, 2020?

If you are an individual, you can request an automatic extension to file your federal income tax return if you can’t file by the July 15 deadline. The easiest and fastest way to request a filing extension is to electronically file Form 4868 through your tax professional, tax software, or using the Free File link on  Businesses, including trusts, must file Form 7004.

You must request the automatic extension by July 15, 2020. If you properly estimate your 2019 tax liability using the information available to you and file an extension form by July 15, 2020, your tax return will be due on October 15, 2020.  To avoid interest and penalties when filing your tax return after July 15, 2020, pay the tax you estimate as due with your extension request.

For a complete list of FAQs, click here.