House Ways and Means Committee Calls for Another Extended Tax Deadline

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Feb 19, 2021

The House Ways and Means Committee, in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, requested that the tax deadline for 2021 be pushed back, as it was last year. The letter noted that the deadline was extended to July 15 due to the practical challenges brought about by the pandemic, and said that, one year later, many of these challenges still remain. Given this circumstance, the lawmakers thought it made sense, once again, to move the deadline in a similar manner, although it did not specify a new date, simply saying it should be moved "beyond April 15."

"One year later, another unique filing season is underway, and many of these same pandemic-related difficulties and challenges persist for taxpayers, practitioners, and the IRS. For starters, health and safety concerns continue to keep taxpayer assistance sites closed and taxpayers homebound. As a result, taxpayers are having a much harder time receiving the crucial assistance they are accustomed to and require. These challenges are especially acute for low-income taxpayers with limited digital or English proficiency," said the Ways and Means Committee.

The committee also pointed out that the filing season started a little later this year, on Feb. 12, which has reduced the window in which the IRS has time to process returns, especially when it is still in the midst of processing millions of returns from last year.

"We request that you consider an extension of the tax return filing season with an announcement made as soon as possible to eliminate unnecessary taxpayer and practitioner anxiety. We sincerely believe that an early extension of the filing and payment deadlines will benefit and be a comfort to taxpayers, practitioners, and the IRS alike," said the letter.

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