[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and members of the Washington congressional delegation urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the tax filing deadline in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington state.
“We request that the IRS use its authority, immediately, under the Internal Revenue Code to extend the time for filing any return for six months and provide relief from certain filing and payment penalties for taxpayers and communities affected by the COVID-19,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the IRS. “We request that, regardless of whether they asked for an extension of time to file on or before April 15th, the IRS not impose any addition to tax for late filing or payment on these taxpayers provided they file their tax returns and pay any tax due by the extended deadline.”
In addition to extending the tax filing deadline for six months, the letter requests the IRS provide relief from certain filing and payment penalties for taxpayers and communities affected by COVID-19. Washington state has been particularly hit hard by COVID-19, with the first confirmed death from the virus. The outbreak continues to have far-reaching consequences to Washington communities.
A copy of the letter can be found here.
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