San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: IRS Extends Federal Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines for Certain Taxpayers Affected by COVID-19

Filed in CCH NEWS FEED by on May 14, 2021

The IRS has postponed the federal tax filing and payment deadlines, and associated interest, penalties, and additions to tax, for certain taxpayers who have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. For individual taxpayers, the notice postpones to May 17, 2021, certain deadlines that would normally fall on April 15, 2021, such as the time for making IRA contributions and for filing federal income tax refund claims. The notice also extends the time for return preparers to participate in the Annual Filing Season Program for the 2021 calendar year.

The IRS has released this notice as a follow-up to a previous announcement on March 17 that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year was extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. This notice provides details on the additional tax deadlines which have been postponed until May 17.

Federal Tax Returns and Tax Payments
For an affected taxpayer, the due date for filing federal income tax returns in the Form 1040 series having an original due date of April 15, 2021, and for making federal income tax payments in connection with one of these forms, is automatically postponed to May 17, 2021. Affected taxpayers do not have to file any form, including Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to obtain this relief.

This relief includes the filing of all schedules, returns, and other forms that are filed as attachments to the Form 1040 series, or are required to be filed by the due date of the Form 1040 series, including, for example, Schedule H, Household Employment Taxes, and Schedule SE, Self-Employment Tax, as well as:

  • Form 965-A (Individual Report of Net 965 Tax Liability);
  • Form 3520 (Annual Return to Report Transactions with Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts);
  • Form 5329 (Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (Including IRAs) and Other Tax-Favored Accounts);
  • Form 5471 (Information Return of U.S. Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Corporations);
  • Form 8621 (Information Return by a Shareholder of a Passive Foreign Investment Company or Qualified Electing Fund);
  • Form 8858 (Information Return of U.S. Persons With Respect to Foreign Disregarded Entities (FDEs) and Foreign Branches (FBs));
  • Form 8865 (Return of U.S. Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Partnerships);
  • Form 8915-E (Qualified 2020 Disaster Retirement Plan Distributions and Repayments); and
  • Form 8938 (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets).

Additionally, elections that are made or required to be made on a timely filed Form 1040 series (or attachment to such form) will be timely made if filed on such form or attachment, as appropriate, on or before May 17, 2021.

Claims for Refund
Individuals with a period of limitations to file a claim for credit or refund of federal income tax expiring on or after April 15, 2021, and before May 17, 2021, have until May 17, 2021, to file those claims for credit or refund. This postponement is limited to claims for credit or refund properly filed on the Form 1040 series or on a Form 1040-X. As a result of this postponement, the period beginning on April 15, 2021, and ending on May 17, 2021, will be disregarded in determining whether the filing of those claims is timely.

IRA and HSA Contributions
The postponement also automatically postpones to May 17, 2021, the time for affected taxpayers to make 2020 contributions to their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs and Roth IRAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), Archer Medical Savings Accounts (Archer MSAs), and Coverdell education savings accounts (Coverdell ESAs). It also automatically postpones to May 17, 2021, the time for reporting and payment of the 10-percent additional tax on amounts includible in gross income from 2020 distributions from IRAs or workplace-based retirement plans.

For affected taxpayers that must file forms in the Form 5498 series, the due date for filing and furnishing the Form 5498 series is postponed to June 30, 2021. The period beginning on the original due date of those forms and ending on June 30, 2021, will be disregarded in the calculation of any penalty for failure to file those forms.

Estimated Tax Payments, Other Items Not Extended
The postponement also automatically postpones to May 17, 2021, the time for affected taxpayers to make 2020 contributions to their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs and Roth IRAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), Archer Medical Savings Accounts (Archer MSAs), and Coverdell education savings accounts (Coverdell ESAs). It also automatically postpones to May 17, 2021, the time for reporting and payment of the 10-percent additional tax on amounts includible in gross income from 2020 distributions from IRAs or workplace-based retirement plans.


Comments are closed.