Orders to shelter-in-place may create challenges for many of us to file our taxes on time, especially if a local VITA site is no longer open. The IRS extended the deadline to file federal income taxes from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
For more information on the IRS’ response to the pandemic, visit their Coronavirus Tax Relief page. This page also contains information to understand the economic impact payments, check your eligibility to receive a payment. If you have not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 should file as soon as possible to receive an economic impact payment.
If you earn less than $69,000 you can file your federal taxes free of charge via Free File. If you prefer to have help filing taxes, Code for America has partnered with IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to offer online filing by trusted and trained staff and volunteers via Get Your Refund.
The response to the pandemic can vary by state, California has received a state-wide directive from the governor to shelter-in-place. Visit this site to search your state of residence and determine whether there have been changes to the filing requirements. If no changes have been made, you may still be eligible to apply for an extension.
Contact us if you would like assistance in navigating this information and what it means to you.