IRS provides details on April 15 postponement

March 30, 2021

IRS provides details on April 15 postponement

By Alistair M. Nevius, J.D. - JofA Article

 

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a notice providing more details and clarification of a previously announced postponement of the April 15 tax deadline for individuals. The notice extends the date for making 2020 IRA contributions, but it does not extend the date for estimated tax payments.

On Monday, the IRS issued guidance with details on its postponement of the April 15 tax deadline for individuals (Notice 2021-21). The IRS had announced in a news release on March 17 that it was delaying the April 15 deadline for individuals until May 17, 2021. Monday’s notice clarifies and adds details about the postponement. Like the news release before it, the notice does not extend the April 15 due date for estimated tax payments.

Under the notice, the postponement applies to any individual who files a federal individual income tax return on Form 1040, 1040-SR, 1040-NR, 1040-PR, 1040-SS, or 1040(SP) (the Form 1040 series) or has a federal tax payment reported on one of these forms that would otherwise be due April 15, 2021. The IRS says the postponement also applies to the filing of all schedules, returns, and other forms that are filed as attachments to forms in the Form 1040 series or are required to be filed by the due date of the Form 1040 series. The IRS lists as examples Schedules H and SE, as well as Forms 965-A, 3520, 5329, 5471, 8621, 8858, 8865, 8915-E, and 8938. Also, elections that are made or required to be made on a timely filed form in the Form 1040 series (or attachment to the form) will be considered timely if filed on such form or attachment, as appropriate, on or before May 17, 2021.

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