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Tax Day Remains July 15–File Extensions For More Time

Posted by taxguru on June 30, 2020

After a lot of speculation that the official Tax Day for 2019 income tax returns would be moved out to September 15 or October 15, IRS ended the confusion with a news release.

Taxpayers should file by July 15 tax deadline; automatic extension to Oct. 15 available

The big difference between having IRS just push the Tax Day to October 15 versus us filing the 4868, is when any expected tax balances need to be submitted to IRS and the States.  IRS pushing Tax Day to 10/15 would have meant that no form would need to be filed by July 15 and no money would have to be sent in until Oct 15.

I had actually been expecting the additional delay, not just for the hassles of getting everything together to prepare 2019 tax returns by July 15, but also for the fact that allowing people to hold onto their 2019 and 2020 tax payments until October 15 would have been a much more efficient method of providing economic stimulus money to people than the previous method was.  Of course, this is SOP for government operations, to choose the least efficient method of doing things

Most State tax agencies have been piggy-backing on the IRS deadline, so extensions should be filed with them as well. Check your states’ websites to be better informed.  As of today, I notice that the AICPA’s chart of State tax filing dates hasn’t been updated since 6/18/20.  Hopefully, that will be amended soon to take into account the various States’ conformity or not with IRS’s declaration.

I am a little disappointed that Tax Day wasn’t moved until later, but I am grateful that at least IRS didn’t wait until July 14 to spring this announcement on us.  That gives us two weeks to do rough calculations of 2019 taxes and prepare the extension forms.

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IRS Filing Deadline Has Not Been Extended

Posted by taxguru on March 18, 2020

As is all too common, there is a lot of misinformation being reported by the media regarding the comments by the Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin.  This has already led to widespread confusion among clients and the public at large.

For the past week, I was fully expecting to be able to write a headline that Tax Day was extended to July 15, which is what was widely speculated by the AICPA and other tax pros.

However, yesterday’s comments by Mnuchin were not as simple as giving everyone an additional 90 days (July 14) to file their 2019 income tax returns, or extensions.  What was actually announced was a 90 day grace period for paying taxes due for 2019, from the normal April 15 deadline to July 14, for up to one million dollars of taxes for individuals.  Tax returns or extensions still need to be submitted to IRS by April 15.

This interest free payment extension doesn’t give the level of stress reduction that was advertised.  Preparing tax returns and extensions is still a hassle that is added to the current extreme pressures from all of the closings, layoffs and cancelations around the country.  Idiotic is the word that comes to mind.

I am hopeful that there will be a great deal of push-back to this ridiculous plan and our rulers in DC do the right thing before April 15 and just set the filing date for 2019  tax returns and extensions as July 15. 

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Virus Extends Filing Deadlines

Posted by taxguru on March 13, 2020

For the past several days, there has been a lot of speculation that all of the disruption surrounding the nationwide panic over the Wuhan Virus would motivate IRS to officially extend the upcoming filing due dates for 2019 income tax returns; March 16 for 1120S (S-corps) and 1065s (LLC & partnerships) and April 15 for personal (1040), trusts (1041) and Gift Tax (709) returns.  With today’s declaration by the President of a National Emergency, that should be a certainty.  However, no official announcement has yet been made by IRS on their news page.

Normally in situations of large disasters and emergencies, IRS is the first to issue such filing extensions so that affected people can focus on dealing with their more pressing problems.  The State tax agencies then usually follow suit with their own announcements of filing extensions.  Some States, such as California, have a policy of automatically complying with any IRS sanctioned extension of filing deadlines.  In the current situation, the Calif Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has beaten IRS to the punch and has issued its own press release giving a new due date of June 15 for all tax returns that are due March 16 and April 15.  

This is different from a normal extension that taxpayers file, because that kind is only for requesting an extension of time to file the tax returns.  It is not an extension of time for paying the taxes owed.  Penalties and interest are assessed on late payments of taxes, while the normal extension avoids the much more expensive late filing penalties.  This new emergency related extension allows all Calif. taxes for 2019 to be paid up until June 15 without any additional charges for penalties or interest. 

Whether this June 15 date will stick as the due date will obviously depend on how long it takes for the panic in the country to subside and things to get back to normal.  If the virus scare stretches out for months and months. there is a possibility that the June 15 due date will itself be extended.

I intend to add to this post as news comes out, including the anticipated IRS announcement, as well as any by other States.

This is definitely going to be another very strange Tax Season.

[Update 3/14/2020] – Still no official announcement from IRS.  The U.S. Tax Court has announced that it has cancelled all of its March and April trials, which will really back things up for them.

[Updates 3/15/2020] – Still no official announcement from IRS. I’ve seen some mentions that any delay in deadlines requires an act of Congress, which makes no sense.  For the past several years, whenever there has been a presidentially declared disaster or emergency, such as from hurricanes and tornadoes, IRS has been pretty quick to announce official extensions of time to file returns for those in the affected areas, without any congressional action. On March 6, IRS announced an extended filing deadline of July 15 for those in the vicinity of the Nashville Tennessee tornadoes. This current virus panic is the same kind of thing, although on a much larger geographic scale, the entire country.

Some free tax assistance services, such as AARP’s Tax-Aide, have announced they have shut down due to this current health scare.  Seeing as how the affects of this virus are supposed to be much more dangerous for us older folks, that does seem to be a very prudent move.  As I have had to constantly remind clients, whenever it is necessary to prioritize between tax and health matters, health should always be first in line, with or without any official IRS permission.

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Filing Extension for Calif WildFire Victims

Posted by taxguru on October 13, 2017

This has been a terrible past few months for huge disasters.

As I expected, IRS has just announced that they are giving the victims of the current California wildfires the same extended due date as they earlier provided for hurricane victims, January 31, 2018 for their 2016 tax returns, which would otherwise have been due in by this coming Monday, October 16.

IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of California Wildfires; Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File

As this announcement explains, this special extension applies to individuals and businesses located in the fire area, as well as those who reside outside the fire zone, who have been helping to fight the inferno and assist in the relief efforts.

As with any disaster of this magnitude, the Tax Code allows the unreimbursed loss to be deducted on either the current year’s (2017) tax returns or on the previous year’s (2016).  I explained more about how this process works in my post on Hurricane Harvey tax breaks


Update 10/13/2017
: As is their normal practice, the California FTB has announced their agreement to honor the IRS’s extended 2016 filing deadlines (until 1/31/18)  for those who have been affected by the current wildfires, as well as the recent hurricanes.

California Taxpayers Impacted by Wildfires Receive More Time to File, Pay

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IRS Extends Deadlines for Irma Victims

Posted by taxguru on September 12, 2017

All last week, as we all prepared for the oncoming wrath of Hurricane Irma, I was confident that everyone in Florida could expect the same kind of official extensions of time from IRS to file tax returns that had their first extension expiring in the next few months. 

While this was mainly 2016 1040s, even more pressing are the extensions for pass-through entities, such as LLCs, Partnerships, Trusts and S-Corps, which have extended deadlines of September 15, 2017 for their 2016 tax returns.  In the “old days” filing any of these tax returns late wasn’t a big deal because late penalties were only based on the amount of taxes due, and as pass-through entities, they had no taxes and thus no late penalties.  However this was changed a number of years ago and nowadays IRS is very aggressive in assessing late filing penalties of hundreds of dollars per month per K-1.  These frequently grow into thousands of dollars.

Since Sept 15 is fast approaching, for the past few days, I have been checking the IRS news page for an announcement similar to the one they had for Hurricane Harvey, giving all those affected by Irma more time to file their 2016 tax returns.  Until just a short while ago, the only Irma affected territory mentioned as having filing relief were parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

IRS has just released this news release, announcing the expansion of the list of areas that have been granted official deadline extensions due to Hurricane Irma disruptions.

As of right now (2:50 pm on 9/12/17) The IRS’s list of affected Florida areas only includes 16 counties.  Since the evacuation order, preparation and the actual storm included all 67 counties here in Florida, IRS will need to expand that list.  According to the IRS description, it’s a function of what they are told by FEMA.  While not all 67 counties were hit as hard as some others, most were affected by the storm.  Even people who didn’t have any actual storm damage, but heeded the Governor’s pleas to get the hell out of Florida, are going to need a lot of time to get back to their normal lives after returning to their homes.  

I can only assume that the IRS’s official list of affected Florida counties will grow over the next few days or weeks.  Rather than list 60 to 65 county names, they may just take the simpler route and include the entire State of Florida.

[Update 9/14/2017] – I noticed a few more Florida counties being added yesterday to the IRS’s list.  As of just before Noon today, their list of affected counties is up to 37, including Citrus, where we are located.  As more hurricane damage is discovered and reported up the chain of command (FEMA, et al), this list will continue to grow.

[Update 9/15/2017] – The list of affected Florida counties is now up to 46.  Just 21 more to include the entire state.

[Update 9/16/2017] – The IRS list of affected Florida counties has now been changed to “This represents all 67 counties of Florida.”

[Update 9/20/2017] – IRS has just declared that Georgia taxpayers and preparers are also eligible for the special 1/31/18 extended filing deadline due to Hurricane Irma.

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Does ObamaCare forbid extensions?

Posted by taxguru on March 31, 2015

With all of the discussion over the past few years about what a steaming pile of crap the 2,200 page ObamaCare legislation is, I had never heard of it denying anyone the ability to file for an extension of time to file their income tax returns…until a few days ago.

As has been the case for the past few decades, we only fully complete about five to ten percent of our individual income tax returns by April 15, with most clients opting for the more relaxed pace of filing for a six month extension of time.  Those clients who do insist on having their returns finished by April 15 have been given a deadline of March 1 to submit all of their forms and data.  It thus surprised me to read the following note that a married couple client on the Left Coast sent in with their tax return package almost four weeks after the March 1 cut-off.

I received an email from our Covered California representative reminding us that our tax returns
must be filed by 4/15/15.
I hope this won’t be too big a problem.
Very sorry for the short notice.

While I don’t like the added pressure during Tax Season, I normally try to accommodate client rush jobs, when the reason is legitimate, such as for a loan application or a child’s college financial aid. However. this didn’t feel right; so I sent the clients an email about it.

Your stuff looks complete. The only concern I have is with the new ObamaCare Form 1095-A.  As I covered in my blog a short while ago, it was announced that the Calif healthcare exchange sent out incorrect 1095s to something like 800,000 people.  Have you verified that the ones you sent me are accurate?  Neither one has the “Corrected” box checked.

Which brings me to the due date of your tax return.  Today, as well as the past few days, when clients have told us that they are just now sending in their 2014 info and are assuming that we can get their returns done by April 15, we laugh ourselves silly.

There is something very fishy about what you were told, or you may have misunderstood them.  I have not heard of anyone else anywhere in the country being ordered to file their tax returns by April 15 and not being allowed to file for extensions.  You are the very first person to mention such a demand, and I read a lot of other tax discussion boards.  This should have come up somewhere if it were a legitimate requirement.  That just doesn’t seem fair or legal for them to require that, because there are literally hundreds of reasons people may need more time to assemble all of their tax return data.  In fact, after my recent heart problems, we signed up for ObamaCare and they haven’t mentioned any need to file our 1040 by April 15; which is good because we are going on extension.

However, if you can verify that the 1095s you sent are accurate, we will try our best to get your returns done by April 15.  I don’t want to have to prepare an amended return if it is later discovered that the 1095s are incorrect, because IRS often audits amended returns, and I’m sure you don’t want to have to go through another IRS audit.

I hope this isn’t too confusing for you and I’m not trying to be a troublemaker.  I’m just trying to look out for your best interest and it always bugs me when people are given incorrect tax advice.

Let me know if you have any questions and have verified the accuracy of the 1095 forms.

Thanks for your help with this.

Sherry added this comment to the client:

Please forward Kerry that E mail you got from Obamacare.  He thinks you must be misreading it. This is the first we’re hearing about this! It could be a scam because they were telling people to hold off on doing tax returns by April 15th themselves.

The wife replied with the following

Thanks for the info Kerry.  The 1095-As that he sent are the only one we received.  The numbers match the totals of the checks I wrote so I think the 1095-As are both correct.
Please go ahead and file the extension.

and she also forwarded the email she had been referring to, which included the following regarding the issue of extensions

Can I File an Extension if I Received Subsidies?

Posted: 23 Mar 2015 03:33 PM PDT

Question: If you have already been getting the credit, is the 4/15 2014 tax filing deadline firm that covered ca makes you agree to, or is an extension allowed until 10/15/15? what is the final consensus? thanks
Answer: You will meet that requirement when you file a tax return on 4/15/15 along with your application for an extension. In other words, even though you are filing for an extension, you still have to file a return on April 15th.

My response:

Thanks for sending me a copy of the Covered Calif Q&A.  I now understand the source of your confusion about needing to file the actual tax return by April 15.

The response to the question about extensions makes absolutely no sense and must have been written by a bureaucrat who had been  partaking of a little bit too much medical marijuana.  Nobody files both an extension and a tax return on April 15.  It’s one or the other.

We will send you a copy of the April 15 extension and will prepare the actual returns as soon as we can after the April 15 crunch.

Thanks for your help with this.

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October 15 Deadline still in place

Posted by taxguru on October 8, 2013

Since most of our clients file extensions for their 1040s, the weeks before the six month automatic extensions expire on October 15 are always much busier for us than the weeks before April 15 because most of these returns are extremely complicated. 

With many of IRS’s employees on furlough (aka paid vacation), they announced that the October 15 deadline for 2012 1040s will still be next Tuesday.

 Reminder: Oct. 15 Tax Deadline Remains During Appropriations Lapse

 

Interestingly, the IRS website is still functioning, contrary to those of many other government agencies, which have been shut down as part of the BHO Regime’s attempt to inconvenience as many people as possible, while still preserving funds for their royal lifestyle.

 Why are US gov’t websites offline?

 

 

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Posted by taxguru on August 23, 2011

 

 

From Blog Comix

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Second Tax Season

Posted by taxguru on September 30, 2010

For those of us with a lot of extensions, the month before October 15 is busier than April 15.

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Revised Extension Form

Posted by taxguru on September 11, 2008

IRS has posted a new draft of the revised Form 7004 for business tax returns.

The biggest change is the inclusion of both a five month and a six month extension to reflect the new shorter time that will be allowed for some 2008 tax returns, including partnerships (1065) and trusts (1041).


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