Kelly Urges IRS to Extend Tax Filing Deadline Amidst Coronavirus Uncertainty

Mar 17, 2020 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Tax Reform

Washington, D.C. - Responding to numerous requests from western Pennsylvanians, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) today wrote to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging them to consider extending the 2020 tax filing deadline as Americans confront the challenges associated with the outbreak of COVID-19.

Key Excerpts

"Under current law, the IRS can extend the tax filing deadline up to six months. The agency has exercised this authority in the recent past when it helped Americans in the wake of devastating hurricanes. Taking this action now would relieve American taxpayers during this unpredictable and stressful period."

"Numerous state and local governments have implemented social distancing requirements, including the closure of certain businesses, to slow the spread of this virus. While necessary, these drastic and unprecedented measures are causing significant financial hardship for all Americans."

Read the full letter here

Background

The IRS has exercised its authority to extend deadlines for tax filing and payment in the past, most recently to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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