United States Income Tax Responses to COVID-19

    Mar 20, 2020 @ 02:27 PM / by Jeremy Piccoli

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    U.S. Federal Income Tax Filing Deadline Pushed to July

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced on Friday that the U.S. filing deadline has been postponed from April 15th to July 15th. Taxpayers and businesses will have an extra three months to file returns and make payments without interest or penalties.

    Taxpayers that are eligible to receive refunds are encouraged to file their returns as soon as possible. The extended deadline only applies to Federal income tax; each state is responsible for setting and announcing their own deadlines.


    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

    Separately, the Senate has approved an economic stimulus package named Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide relief to American taxpayers. The Republican-majority Senate proposal includes:

    1. Direct Cash Payments from the IRS

    A direct cash payment from the IRS in the amounts of $1,200 for single taxpayers, $2,400 for joint filers, and $500 for each eligible child. Phase-outs of the amounts would be applied for based on 2018 reported Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) exceeding $75,000 for single taxpayers, and $150,000 for joint filers. Relief would be phased out completely at AGI of $99,000 (single), and $198,000 (joint). The direct payment supplants the previously discussed payroll tax holiday.

    2. Waiver on 10% Early Withdrawal Penalty 

    Waiving the 10% early withdrawal penalty from retirement accounts for qualifying distributions up to $100,000, for those with a defined coronavirus-related incident, such as a diagnosis, or financial hardship due to work reduction or lack of child-care.

    3. Student Loan Payment Relief

    Suspension of student loan payments for three months, with the potential for an additional three months depending on the status of the crisis this summer.

    4. Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave

    A mandate of certain employers for paid sick leave, and paid family and medical leave to employees impacted by the coronavirus. Two refundable tax credits would be available for employers to help absorb the cost of the mandated paid leave.

    The proposal now moves to the Democrat-majority House of Representatives, which is expected to push for further protections for workers and limitations on company stock buy-backs and executive rewards during this crisis.


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    A changing world amidst the spread of COVID-19

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    Jeremy Piccoli

    Written by Jeremy Piccoli

    Jeremy joined AIRINC in the fall of 2012 and is responsible for managing AIRINC’s International Tax Guide and tax calculator products, as well as consulting with clients. Prior to joining AIRINC, Jeremy spent more than 6 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ International Assignment Services practices in Hartford and Boston, providing tax compliance and consulting services to multinational companies and their expatriate population. He received his B.S. with a concentration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. Jeremy is an Enrolled Agent, a federally licensed tax practitioner who specializes in taxation.