The 2020 Tax Season: Filing Deadlines and Disaster Relief

by Jennifer Smith, Product Manager | Jan 24, 2020
2020 Tax Season Deadlines and Disaster Areas With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act going into a second tax season, there is more clarity about the changes and how they affect taxpayers. The IRS released filing deadlines and provided information for those filing taxes in disaster areas.

Filing Deadlines

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will start accepting electronic and paper returns on January 27, 2020. Electronic filings generally get faster responses. Individual returns and payments are due on April 15, 2020 (a Wednesday), and an extension until October 15 (a Thursday) will be granted for filing returns but not for making tax payments.

Disaster Relief: IRS Extension of Due Dates and Other Forms of Relief

Taxpayers and preparers should check the IRS website at www.IRS.gov/newsroom for a list of official federal disasters declared in 2019 and those declarations’ effects on filing and payment due dates. Specific federal disaster declarations can have different forms of relief for different types of taxes, and for the business or individual client affected, the tax preparer should consult the information provided.

In 2019, disasters included flooding, drought, earthquakes, tropical storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and mudslides. Affected areas include South Dakota, Mississippi, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Alabama, and Alaska. State tax relief may also be available according to state tax law in taxpayers’ states of residence or business locations.

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