IRS is not extending tax deadline: 2019 returns must be filed by July 15

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Josh Rivera, USA TODAY
Published 9:48 p.m. ET June 29, 2020

Tax Day is NOT April 15 this year. The federal filing deadline was pushed to July 15, but may differ based on the state your taxes are filed in.

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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. 

Earlier this year, the IRS postponed the tax-filing deadline from April 15 due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. States, however, may have different deadlines.

Just last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a further postponement to September was being considered.

Those who expect to have to pay 2019 taxes might want to check their payment options.

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“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.”

According to the IRS, about 93 million filers have received refunds averaging $2,763.

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