Treasury secretary announces 90-day delay in tax payment deadline

March 17, 2020

By Alistair M. Nevius, J.D., Journal of Accountancy

In a press conference on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that individuals and corporations can delay their tax payments for 90 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. Individuals can defer up to $1 million in payments for 90 days from the April 15 deadline. Corporations can defer up to $10 million in payments for 90 days. During that time, the IRS will not charge interest or penalties.

As of this writing, the IRS had not yet issued formal guidance on the policy. Mnuchin’s announcement did not delay the April 15 filing deadline.

The delay affects federal taxes only. For state tax developments related to the coronavirus outbreak, see the AICPA list here.

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