On April 9, 2020, the IRS updated its guidance originally provided in Notice 2020-18, Additional Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic, to provide extension relief to taxpayers in response to the coronavirus emergency.  In addition to the prior extension of time for the filing and payments with respect to federal income tax returns (Forms 1040, 1120, 1120-S and 1065) and federal gift tax returns (Form 709) until July 15, 2020, the IRS has now also postponed a variety of additional federal tax form filings and payment obligations that were due between April 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020.

In Notice 2020-23, the IRS extended the relief until July 15, 2020 for federal estate tax returns (Form 706), including estate tax returns that are filed in order to make portability elections under Revenue Procedure 2017-34, the information form to report the basis in assets received from a decedent (Form 8971), income tax returns for estates and trusts (Form 1041), and exempt organization business income tax returns and private foundation returns (Forms 990-T and 990-PF).  In addition, the updated guidance extended the due date until July 15, 2020 for estate tax payments of principal or interest that would have been due between April 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020 as a result of elections made under Sections 6166, 6161 and 6163 of the Internal Revenue Code, and the annual recertification requirements under Section 6166 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Associated interest, additions to tax, and penalties for late filing or late payment will be suspended until July 15, 2020.  First and second quarter estimated federal income tax payments for exempt organizations, individuals, estates and trusts and corporations are both now due on July 15, 2020.


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