Questions & Answers

How does COVID-19 (Coronavirus) affect my 2019 federal taxes?

We know you have questions. Express1040 is staying completely up to speed with all the changes that affect you and your taxes, including deadlines, extensions, and more. Let's work together to stay on top of your taxes.

The filing and payment deadlines for your 2019 federal taxes were moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. Here are some things you should keep in mind as you decide when to file your taxes:

What if I'm getting a refund?
Most of our customers get a refund when they file their taxes. The sooner you file, the sooner you can get that money in your pocket!

Do I need to do anything for the July 15th deadline to apply to me?
No. The new deadline automatically applies to you.

What about my state return?
Every state handles their filing and payment deadlines differently. You'll need to finish your federal return before filing your state return. If your state hasn't announced a changed deadline yet, you should file by the original deadline to be safe. (Check your state)

Can I file now and pay later?
Yes! We encourage you to finish filing your taxes now, even if you choose to pay later. Then you have the peace of mind knowing your taxes are done, and you can start saving for the amount you owe now. Just make sure you pay the amount you owe by July 15, 2020.

What if I can't pay what I owe by July 15th?
You should pay as much as you can before July 15, 2020 to minimize any interest and penalties for paying late. For the remaining amount you owe, you can file an installment agreement request with your return. (Menu Path: Misc > Payments > Installment Agreement Request (Form 9465))

What if I'm not ready to file my taxes by July 15th?
You can file an extension to extend the filing due date of your return even further. Keep in mind that you'll still need to pay the amount you owe by July 15, 2020 to avoid interest and penalties for paying late. (Menu Path: Personal > 2019 Extension > Begin your 2019 Extension)

What about the economic impact payment (stimulus payment)?

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and your taxes, see the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief website .

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