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Kathleen Rice Leads Bipartisan NY Delegation Letter to IRS Requesting Tax Filing Extension

Letter calls on IRS to move back the April 15th tax filing deadline in response to the coronavirus outbreak

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Washington, March 18, 2020 | comments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) led a bipartisan letter with her New York congressional delegation colleagues calling on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to move back the April 15th tax filing deadline and immediately release specific details on pending tax filing and payment relief for taxpayers in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

“New York has been one of the hardest hit states in the country by coronavirus, and the outbreak seems to get worse each day,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice. “Our healthcare workers are working around the clock, sacrificing so much of their personal time to help those in need. Given this unprecedented crisis, we must extend the time for filing any return or extension beyond the current deadlines. I am proud to lead this effort with my delegation colleagues to provide families in New York and across the country with the urgent tax relief they need to make it through these difficult times.” 

Joining Rice on the letter are U.S. Representatives Peter King (NY-02), Tom Suozzi (NY-03), Greg Meeks (NY-05), Grace Meng (NY-06), Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Jerry Nadler (NY-10), Max Rose (NY-11), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), José Serrano (NY-15), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), John Katko (NY-24), Joseph Morelle (NY-25), Brian Higgins (NY-26).  

The full text of the letter can be found here and below: 


The Honorable Charles P. Rettig

Commissioner

Internal Revenue Service

1111 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20220

Dear Commissioner Rettig,

We are writing to urge the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the April 15th tax filing deadline and immediately release specific details on pending tax filing and payment relief for taxpayers. 

The COVID-19 virus has hit New York State particularly hard. There is growing concern about the ability of the IRS to provide taxpayer assistance and the ability of taxpayers and tax professionals to meet the filing deadline of April 15th due to the outbreak in New York and across the country. Extending the tax filing deadline will help mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19 for many individuals and businesses facing disruptions during this time.

We are aware that on March 11th, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and President Trump announced that the Administration plans to delay the April 15th tax deadline for certain individuals and small businesses affected by COVID-19. However, the IRS and the Treasury Department have yet to provide specific details on when the extended deadline will be implemented, how relief will be administered, and who it will cover.

On March 17, Secretary Mnuchin and President Trump subsequently announced that taxpayers who owe the IRS will be granted a 90-day delay in making payments, but that the Administration is still encouraging taxpayers to file by the April 15 deadline. While payment relief for taxpayers is an important factor, extending the deadline along with payment and interest relief will be critical to alleviate the uncertainty about this year’s tax filing season.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the IRS has the authority to extend the time for filing any return for six months or less and the authority to waive certain penalties. Therefore, we urge the IRS to immediately use its authority to extend the time for filing any return or extension and provide relief from certain filing and payment penalties for taxpayers and communities affected by COVID-19. 

We are hopeful that the IRS will provide taxpayers with the necessary guidance and assistance during this uncertain and challenging time. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

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