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IRS Announces Extension for All American Taxpayers

In response to the growing concern over the Coronavirus pandemic, the US government has announced a deadline extension for filing federal income tax returns and tax payments. The deadline has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. All US taxpayers—including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment income tax—can defer payments until July 15, 2020.

You don’t need to file for an extension or call the IRS to qualify for the extended deadline. The relief is automatically provided to all taxpayers. 

As a US expat, you normally receive an automatic extension until June 15, hence, this year you have one additional month until the deadline and all your taxes are extended without interest or penalties. In case you require extra time beyond June 15 to file your taxes, you are eligible to extend your tax return due date until October 15 by submitting IRS Form 4868.

You are eligible for an additional two-month extension, which is specially designed for US expats. This extension is until December 15; however, it is a discretionary extension and not automatically granted. Thus, it is best not to rely on this and only use as a last resort in case you face unexpected circumstances.

Meanwhile, you can stay ahead of updates and follow the IRS coronavirus page where information about the taken measures helping Americans affected by the outbreak is published.