The Internal Revenue Service extended the tax-filing and payment deadline for individuals and businesses in Texas to June 15 due to damage across the state caused by the severe winter storms.
Texans in all of the state’s 254 counties will automatically be given the extra two months to file and pay their individual and business taxes, normally due on April 15. Texans who receive a late filing penalty notice are encouraged to call the IRS to have it abated.
The extension applies to a variety of deadlines spanning between Feb. 11 and April 15, including 2020 business returns originally due March 15 and quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due April 30.
Now they are all due in June, the agency announced in a press release Monday.
Texans will also have until then to make their 2020 IRA contributions.
Those affected by the same storms in other states may also qualify for the same relief if they live in a FEMA-declared disaster area. A list of eligible locations will be posted on the IRS website. The IRS will also work with people assisting with relief in the affected areas who work for recognized governmental or philanthropic agencies.
Taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area can claim uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax returns this year.
Texans make up about 9% of the country’s population, meaning close to one out of 10 Americans will already be receiving an extension this tax season, but there is no indication if the rest of the country will also be given an extension due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Some Democratic politicians in Washington have been pushing to extend the tax-filing and payment deadline due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, taxpayers were given until July 15, as Americans were dealing with the onset of the pandemic.
House Ways and Means Democrats requested the IRS extend the tax-filing season in a letter to Commissioner Charles Rettig last Thursday.
“For starters, health and safety concerns continue to keep taxpayer assistance sites closed and taxpayers homebound,” they wrote. “As a result, taxpayers are having a much harder time receiving the crucial assistance they are accustomed to and require. These challenges are especially acute for low-income taxpayers with limited digital or English proficiency.”