Low-Income Taxpayer Information during COVID-19

Posted on: March 23, 2020
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Updated March 28, 2020. This is a quickly changing situation.  We are updating this information as quickly as possible. Please check back for more information.

What you need to know about filing 2019 Federal Taxes:

The deadline for filing your 2019 federal income taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. If you cannot meet that deadline, you can ask for a filing extension (IRS Form 4868.) The IRS usually grants these requests automatically. An extension allows you to file your taxes by October 15, 2020 without penalty.

The deadline for paying your 2019 federal income taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. This deadline does not change even if you get a filing extension.

We recommend everyone file their taxes by July 15, 2020 - even if you get an extension – so you can pay the amount you owe and do not risk getting charged a penalty.

Are you self-employed or an independent contractor?

If yes, then please remember that the deadline for paying Medicare and Social Security taxes has not changed. You must still file those taxes by their usual due date.

Where can you get help filing your taxes?

Because of COVID-19, many VITA sites are closing down. We encourage you to make other plans to file your taxes if you cannot access a local VITA service. You can visit www.irs.gov to apply for free online filing and/or download any forms or instructions that you need there.

What you need to know about filing 2019 LA State Taxes:

The deadline for filing your 2019 Louisiana state income taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has suspended in-person customer service to help slow the spread of COVID-19. During this public health emergency, LDR recommends all taxpayers take advantage of the online customer service options available on the department’s website, including Louisiana File Online, the state’s free tax filing portal for individual taxpayers.

What if you have a case in Tax Court?

The April Tax Court trial dates for New Orleans and Shreveport have been cancelled. They will be rescheduled.

Louisiana residents who need help with a federal income tax dispute in Tax Court can apply for free legal help by contacting Southeast Louisiana Legal Services at (504) 529-1000.


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