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Carper joins Menendez, Murray in requesting extended tax-filing deadline

Delaware News Desk
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Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Patty Murray, D-Washington, on March 11 urged Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig to extend the April 15 tax-filing deadline to provide taxpayers greater flexibility amid challenges caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Currently, there are more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus in 38 states, with 35 deaths so far.

“Given the growing nationwide concerns regarding the potential spread and the resulting economic and public health impact of such an outbreak, we urge you to act quickly and remove one source of stress that individuals face during this crisis,” the senators wrote to Rettig. “The American people should not have to worry about filing IRS forms in the middle of a public health emergency.”

The deadline to file tax returns with the IRS for the 2019 tax year falls on April 15. The IRS began processing tax returns Jan. 27.

“While providing penalty relief is insufficient to address this crisis alone, it would at least lift one burden off the backs of taxpayers, who are trying to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” the senators added. “If the Trump administration can grant flexibility to multinational corporations armed with droves of accountants and tax attorneys, then surely it can provide similar relief to hard-working American families.”

The full text of the letter is available at bit.ly/2TG2fM6.