A deadline actually turns out to be a deadline for the IRS, even if it gets put off once by a pandemic. Congress and the Trump administration extended the final tax-filing date from its traditional April 15 for three months, thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak and the shutdown of commerce in late March. With retail stores and business offices closing down, that meant that many Americans would not be able to access their tax-preparer services.
Three months later, it still seem as though that might be a problem. Absent another action from Congress, however, Treasury says too bad:
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced Monday it would stick with its tax filing extension deadline of July 15.
The agencies are encouraging people to file for an automatic extension of Oct. 15, if they cannot meet the July 15 deadline, by filling out this form. …
“The IRS understands that those affected by the coronavirus may not be able to pay their balances in full by July 15, but we have many payment options to help taxpayers,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in a statement. “These easy-to-use payment options are available on IRS.gov, and most can be done automatically without reaching out to an IRS representative.”