Are My Taxes Really Still Due Today Even Though There's a Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has left Americans with a number of questions, but one of the most pressing is whether or not everyone still has to pay their taxes on April 15.

The short answer is no. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the IRS announced that it would extend the deadline into the summer. With COVID-19 setting inconveniences for every American, taxpayers have until July 15 to file their taxes.

In the March announcement, the IRS also said that federal income tax payments due on April 15 could also be deferred to the July deadline without interest or penalties. "This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax," the agency wrote in its announcement.

No additional forms are required of individuals that plan on taking advantage of the three month extension, unless they think they'll need more time past the July deadline, in which case they'll need to file Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or through a link at IRS.gov. Businesses must file Form 7004.

On April 9, the IRS extended the relief to include additional returns, tax payments, and other actions for all taxpayers with a filing or payment deadline between April 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020. "Individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers qualify for the extra time. This means that anyone, including Americans who live and work abroad, can now wait until July 15 to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due," the agency said on their website.

Even though the new deadline is July, the agency is still encouraging people who are due for a refund to file ASAP, because most refunds are still being issued within 21 days. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig encouraged people to file as soon as possible and get their refunds quickly, while thanking taxpayers for their understanding and support during this difficult period.

"Even with the filing deadline extended, we urge taxpayers who are owed refunds to file as soon as possible and file electronically," Rettig said in a statement. "Filing electronically with direct deposit is the quickest way to get refunds. Although we are curtailing some operations during this period, the IRS is continuing with mission-critical operations to support the nation, and that includes accepting tax returns and sending refunds. As a federal agency vital to the overall operations of our country, we ask for your personal support, your understanding – and your patience. I'm incredibly proud of our employees as we navigate through numerous different challenges in this very rapidly changing environment."

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A man walks past an advertisement for H&R Block on Tax Day, April 18, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty