COVID-19 and the IRS: Tax Updates

Posted on March 23, 2020

Last Updated: April 1, 2020

IRS has temporarily closed all Taxpayer Assistance Centers

In response to the national emergency an to protect our employees, America’s taxpayers, communities and our partners, the IRS has temporarily closed all Taxpayer Assistance Centers and discontinued face-to-face service throughout the country until further notice. The IRS Is continuing to process tax returns, issue refunds and help tax payers to the greatest extent possible. This does not mean your tax problem will go away. Call us today at 877 4 IRS LAW to secure a permanent solution for your IRS problems, before they seize your income or assets.

The IRS Has announced a temporary hold on enforced collections through the ACS!

The IRS has announced a temporary hold on enforced collections through the ACS! However, if your case has been assigned to a Revenue Officer, this does not apply to you! They can, and will continue to enforce collections through any means available such as garnishing your wages or levying on your bank account.  Call us today at 877 4 IRS LAW today to see how we can help you navigate the IRS maze while protecting your income and assets from the IRS.

Federal Tax Court Building Closed until further Notice

The U.S. Tax Court building is closed until further notice. Mail will be held for delivery until the Tax Court reopens. The U.S. Tax Court has announced the cancellation of several trial sessions. During this period, the Tax Court will not process applications for admission to practice and requests for copies of documents. However, petitions may be hand delivered between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information can be sought by contacting the Public Affairs Office at (202) 521-3355.

IRS Federal Tax Return Filing and Payment Due Date for 2019 Tax returns Update

Any person with a Federal income tax return or payment due on April 15, 2020, is eligible for relief under the Notice. “Person” includes any type of taxpayer, such as an individual, a trust, an estate, a corporation, or any type of unincorporated business entity. The payment due refers to both 2019 Federal income tax payments (including payments of tax on self-employment income) and 2020 estimated Federal income tax payments (including payments of tax on self-employment income), regardless of the amount owed. The return or payment must be due on April 15, 2020 – this relief does not apply to Federal income tax returns and payments due on any other date.

Illinois Department of Revenue Update – Filing and Payment Date for 2019 Tax Returns Extended to Match IRS Deadline

In light of the recent Disaster Proclamation issued by Governor JB Pritzker and by his direction, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is following the federal government in providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing payment deadline for 2019 Illinois income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

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IRS Grants 90-Day Extension:

The IRS has granted a 90-day extension of time to file and make your tax payment for 2019, moving the deadline for both to July 15, 2020. This applies for individuals and  non-corporate taxpayers with payments up to $1,000,000.00, including self-employment tax. For businesses, this applies to payments up to $10,000,000.00.  This 90-day extension period will be interest and penalty free. 

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