Republican Senator Rand Paul is calling for the April 15, 2020 tax deadline to be delayed as a way to help Americans economically during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
Today I’m calling on the IRS to move our tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, and to waive any interest and fees for late payment. This will allow those who owe money not to have to send it during our current situation.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 16, 2020
The idea is also gaining steam in the House. Democrat Congressman Josh Gottheimer is onboard with the idea and sent a letter to the IRS Commissioner last week with the official request. Republican Lee Zeldin has voiced support as well.
In Case You Missed It:— Rep Josh Gottheimer (@RepJoshG) March 17, 2020
As we continue to combat #coronavirus, I'm urging the IRS to extend the tax filing deadline by 90 days to allow Americans more flexibility to pay for housing, child care, and medical care, and to help small businesses pay employees. pic.twitter.com/EAq3YZ6Evo
The IRS should change the tax filing deadline for Americans this year from Apr 15 to Jul 15 due to the Coronavirus, and waive all interest/fees for paying late. #COVID19— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) March 16, 2020
Given we're less than one month away from the normal filing date, it is expected the IRS will make an announcement to delay the deadline sometime this week. Until when is still unknown.
In the meantime, President Trump has repeatedly called on Congress to pass an emergency payroll tax cut, which most Democrats - led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi - have rejected.