The Internal Revenue Service has no current plans for an automatic extension of this year's April 15 tax filing deadline after a three-month extension last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a senior IRS official said on Thursday.
Ken Corbin, commissioner of the IRS Wage and Investment Division, said the agency is opening its filing season for the 2020 tax year on Friday.
"Right now we are not planning to extend the April 15 deadline," he told reporters on a conference call, adding that any taxpayer who needs more time to file a tax return can easily submit a form to get a free extension.
But even with an extension, any taxes owed are still due by the normal deadline. An extension applies only to the filing of the tax forms.
Also, the IRS delayed the date for which it would accept returns to Feb. 12, CNBC reported. The agency usually begins accepting returns in late January.
More than 150 million returns are expected to be filed this year, according to CNBC. They average refund last year was $2,500.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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