Source: | Repost 7/2/2020 – 

The unprecedented fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has meant unprecedented concessions by the U.S. government in a number of respects.

The CARES Act’s $2 trillion stimulus package represents perhaps the largest investment in this regard, but a number of U.S. government agencies have enacted other significant rule changes to help the citizenry get through these challenging times.

One such rule change is the extension of this year’s April 15 tax deadline until July 15. Importantly, the extension also applies to Americans living abroad who would otherwise generally have a filing deadline of June 15.

When the July 15 extension was first announced in March, the taxpayer community felt a measure of relief combined with a modicum of uncertainty.

The extra time was welcome, but questions remained: Does the extension apply to the obligation to file, or the obligation to pay tax, or both? Does the extension apply to tax forms due on April 15 other than the basic federal income tax return (Form 1040)? Finally, what about estimated taxes? Are those being extended too?

Since the original announcement, the IRS has published several updates to clarify the scope of the July 15 extension.

First, the IRS announced that the extension to July 15 applies both to the obligation to file the tax return and to pay any taxes that are due.

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Author: Scott Meister, CPA

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