The House Ways and Means Committee (the Chief tax-writing body in congress) has issued a statement that the tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15, 2021 to Monday, May 17, 2021. This will provide taxpayers additional time to file their returns after mounting pressure from lawmakers and organizations.”
“This extension is absolutely necessary to give Americans some needed flexibility in a time of unprecedented crisis,” Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) said in a statement on Wednesday. “Under titanic stress and strain, American taxpayers and tax preparers must have more time to file tax returns. And the IRS itself started the filing season late, continues to be behind schedule, and now must implement changes from the American Rescue Plan.”
The IRS has yet to officially announce the extension, and more details will follow once they become available.