Pennsylvania taxpayers have an additional month to file and pay taxes for 2020, according to the Pennsylvania Department of the Treasury.
The department announced Thursday that the deadline for filing taxes is May 17 instead of the April 15 annual deadline. It matches the Internal Revenue Service federal tax filing deadline, which has also been extended to May 17.
“This is a positive move that will give Pennsylvania taxpayers extra time, many of whom have struggled over the past year due to the pandemic,” said Treasury Secretary Dan Hassell. “The new deadline will benefit many Pennsylvanians, including those who would like to meet with a tax professional to help them prepare their tax returns.”
Pennsylvania law requires the state tax return to coincide with the same date on the federal tax return. This move is being taken to “help taxpayers cope with the unusual circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic,” the department officials said.
Penalties and interest on final 2020 income tax returns and payments will be waived until the new May 17th deadline.
Estimated income tax payments should continue to be made on the same filing schedule that these taxpayers would normally follow, including payments due April 15, department officials said.
“Taxes must be paid as taxpayers earn or receive income during the year, either through withholding tax or estimated tax payments,” the ministry’s statement said.
While that deadline has changed, Treasury officials are encouraging taxpayers to electronically file the tax return “as soon as possible” which could help “avoid a delay in clearing your refund”.
According to the State Department of Revenue:
myPATH a free option for PA tax returns
The Department of Treasury encourages taxpayers to electronically file their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns to the department’s new state filing system, available at mypath.pa.gov.
myPATH is a free, easy-to-use option that allows most taxpayers to seamlessly file Pennsylvania (PA-40) income tax returns, make income tax payments, and provide other services.
There are many benefits to using the electronic filing option available through mypath.pa.gov, including:
- Fast and free return / refund
- The “Where’s my income tax refund?” System for tracking the status of a refund
- Immediate confirmation of a successful submission
- The advantage of error-reducing automatic calculators
- Easy-to-use options not available to paper-based taxpayers
- The ability to view a detailed income tax statement
Other important functions in myPATH
Taxpayers do not need to create a user name or password in order to carry out many functions in myPATH. This includes filing a PA-40 or making a payment, responding to requests for information from the department, and checking the status of a refund.
To file the PA-40, taxpayers must provide their social security number and either: (1) the tax liability for a previous tax year; or (2) your date of birth, Pennsylvania driver’s license / photo ID number, and driver’s license / photo ID expiration date.
If you create a username and password in myPATH, you can update / view detailed account information and notes. You can also manage third party access to your account, meaning you can give access to a tax advisor or other person to file your tax return and make payments on your behalf.
A detailed list of instructions can be found in the myPATH user manual [PDF]. myPATH replaced the department’s previous personal income tax filing system, PA Direct File.
Free electronic submission
Additional free electronic filing options are available for submitting state and federal returns using reputable vendor software. Visit the Treasury Department’s website for more information on providers.
Electronic filing for a fee
Paid tax advisors and commercial tax preparation software providers offer electronic filing or electronic filing for a fee. For more information, see the list of vendors on the department’s website.
May 17th deadline
All taxpayers who received gross taxable income greater than $ 33 in calendar year 2020 must file a Pennsylvania income tax return by midnight Monday, May 17, 2021.
Filing an extension
If additional filing time is required, taxpayers will still have the option to apply for an extension to file their Pennsylvania personal income tax return. The renewal is available for up to six months, meaning the due date for filing a return for those requesting an extension is November 15, 2021. As an important reminder, extending the registration deadline will not extend the deadline for payment if you have the Commonwealth owe taxes, including applicable fees, interest and penalties for late filing of payments.
PA Personal Income Tax Guide
Pennsylvania taxpayers with personal income tax questions are encouraged to read the PA Personal Income Tax Guide, an online publication produced by the Treasury Department that provides detailed information on a number of PIT-related topics.
Taxpayer service and support
Personal income tax assistance is also available through the department’s online customer service center and by calling 717-787-8201 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The online customer service center has answers to hundreds of common income tax questions and enables taxpayers to securely send a question to the department, much like sending an email.
The Treasury Department’s district offices are open to a limited extent, with social distancing guidelines in place. Appointments are required to receive personal assistance. Please note the following.
- Taxpayers’ opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. are reserved for senior citizens.
- Taxpayers must wear a mask when making appointments.
- Taxpayers should know that the Treasury Department follows health and safety guidelines set by the Department of Health to promote a clean office environment.
Taxpayers can check the status of their refunds online by using the Where’s My Income Tax Refund option? Choose. Link on the department’s homepage; or by phone at 1-888-PATAXES. Taxpayers will be asked to provide their Social Security Number and the refund amount requested to keep track of their current status.
Free tax forms and instructions can be found at www.revenue.pa.gov.
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