IRS extends tax-filing deadline for Texas over winter storms

The IRS announced Monday that it is extending the tax-filing deadline to June 15 for victims of the winter storms in Texas.

The extension applies to individuals and businesses in the entire state of Texas. Taxpayers in other areas impacted by the storms that received disaster declarations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will also be eligible, the IRS said.

The IRS announcement postpones for eligible taxpayers the April 15 deadline for filing 2020 individual and business tax returns as well as the April 15 deadline for quarterly estimated income tax payments.

The IRS said that taxpayers in the areas impacted by the storms do not need to contact the agency to get the extension. Any taxpayers who receive late filing or late payment penalty notices for due dates that occur during the postponement period can call the agency to get the penalties abated.

Last year, the IRS extended the tax-filing deadline for all taxpayers from April 15 to July 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some Democratic lawmakers have urged the IRS to take similar action this year, but the agency has not yet announced any plans to do so.

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