MEDIA ALERT — Taxpayers who require more time, despite the extended 2021 tax filing & payment deadline, have a tax filing extension still available

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting looks at the requirements for taxpayers considering a tax filing extension

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What: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the tax filing and payment deadline for 2020 individual tax returns to May 17, 2021 versus the original April 15 date. This year’s deadline extension is not as long as the IRS extension for 2019 tax returns filed last year and shorter than many tax return preparers were hoping would be enacted. Filing for an automatic tax filing extension is an increasingly popular option for taxpayers and tax return preparers who need a little more time.

Why: With all the changes to tax regulations brought by the COVID-19 pandemic relief legislation, many taxpayers may find that they need a little extra time to collect all of the necessary tax documents and information. And, with the tax filing season starting later this year on February 12, 2021 as well as additional complications in preparing tax returns from the COVID-19-related tax changes, tax return preparers may find that their workload requires some taxpayers to request a filing extension.

  • Although a filing extension is automatically approved, it still requires the filing of a Form 4868 to inform the IRS of the extension
  • The extended deadline for filing the individual tax return is October 15, 2021, a deadline that is not further extended with the extended filing and payment deadline of May 17, 2021
  • The filing of Form 4868 only extends the time for filing the tax return, not for paying the tax due
  • No late-payment penalty will be imposed if the income tax paid through withholding, estimated tax payments, or any payment with Form 4868 totals at least 90 percent of the total tax due on the taxpayer’s return, and if the remaining unpaid balance is paid with the return within the extension period
  • A failure to pay estimated tax penalty may apply if an individual expects to owe at least $1,000 in taxes with the tax return filing or filing of the Form 4868
  • The estimated tax penalty may be avoided if each of the four required estimated tax payments for the tax year is 25 percent of the lesser of:
    • 90 percent of the tax shown of the individuals’ tax return for the year; or
    • 100 percent of the tax shown on the prior year’s tax return (110 percent in the case of an individual with adjusted gross income in excess of $150,000, or $75,000 if married filing separately)
  • If income is earned unevenly through the year, Form 2210 may be filed with the tax return to show the uneven income and avoid a penalty if the four required estimated tax payments are not each 25 percent of the total but reflect the uneven income as earned

Who: Tax expert Mark Luscombe, JD, LL.M, CPA, Principal Federal Tax Analyst at Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, can help discuss the current tax filing extension requirements.

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Contact: To arrange an interview with Mark Luscombe or other federal and state tax experts from Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting on this or any other tax-related topics, please contact Bart Lipinski.



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Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting looks at the requirements for taxpayers considering a tax filing extension.