Harrisburg, PA – The Treasury Department is reminding the public that the deadline for 2020 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns and final 2020 income tax payments is May 17, 2021.
The deadline for filing income tax returns was originally set for today, April 15, 2021, but the ministry announced an extension to May 17, 2021 in mid-March to give taxpayers extra time. This followed an announcement by the Internal Revenue Service that also extended the federal income tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021.
“We want to make sure Pennsylvanians know they have an extra month this year to file their 2020 statements and make the final payments,” said Treasury Secretary Dan Hassell. “We strongly encourage taxpayers to file their tax returns online and make payments electronically. These steps will result in faster returns and payments processing, while also helping us to get refunds as quickly as possible for those taxpayers who expect them. ”
The extension of the submission deadline to May 17, 2021 means that the Ministry of Finance will have until May 17, 2021.
It is important to note that those making estimated income tax payments should continue to do so using the same filing schedule that they would normally follow. This includes taxpayers whose estimated tax payments are due today, April 15, 2021. Taxes are payable as taxpayers earn or receive income during the year, either through withholding tax or estimated tax payments.
Additionally, the deadline for filing local tax returns and paying local income tax may still be today, April 15, 2021. Pennsylvanians should check with their local tax authorities to see if an extension has been granted. The Treasury Department does not have the power to extend tax filing deadlines at the local level.
myPATH a free option for PA tax returns and payments
The Department of Revenue encourages taxpayers to file their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns electronically using the department’s new state-only filing system available at mypath.pa.gov.
myPATH is a free, easy-to-use option that allows most taxpayers to seamlessly file the Pennsylvania Income Tax Return (PA-40) and make income tax payments.
There are many benefits to using the electronic archiving option available through mypath.pa.gov, including:
- Fast and free returns / refund processing
- The “Where’s my income tax refund?” System to track 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 taxpayers who submit on paper
- The ability to view a detailed income tax statement
myPATH also offers other services, including the ability to submit an application for the property tax / rental discount program electronically.
Other important functions in myPATH
Taxpayers do not have to create a user name or password for many functions in myPATH. This includes filing a PA-40 or making a payment, responding to departmental requests for information, 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 license / photo ID expiration date.
If you decide to create a user name and password in myPATH, you have the option of updating / viewing detailed account information and notes. You can also manage third party access to your account, meaning you can give access to a tax professional or other person to file your 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 income tax return system, PA Direct File.
Free electronic submission
There are other free electronic filing options available for state and federal returns filing that use reputable vendor software. Visit the Treasury Department’s website for more information on providers.
Electronic filing for a fee
Fee-based tax consultants and providers of software for generating trade taxes offer electronic filing or e-filing for a fee. For more information, see a list of vendors on the department’s website.
May 17th deadline
All taxpayers who earned more than $ 33 in gross taxable income in calendar year 2020 must file a Pennsylvania income tax return by midnight Monday, May 17, 2021.
Request for extension
If additional filing time is required, taxpayers will still have the option to apply for an extension of their Pennsylvania personal income tax return. The extension is possible for up to six months, meaning the deadline for filing a statement for those requesting an extension is November 15, 2021. As a reminder, extending the deadline will not extend the deadline for payment if you owe the Commonwealth of taxes, including late payment fees, interest and penalties.
Guide to PA Income Tax
Pennsylvania taxpayers with personal income tax questions are encouraged to read the PA Personal Income Tax Guide, an online publication produced by the Department of Revenue that provides detailed information on a number of PIT-related topics.
Service and assistance to taxpayers
Income tax return 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 using a process similar to sending an email.
The Treasury Department’s district offices are open with limited capacity, with social distancing guidelines in place. An appointment is required for personal support. Please note the following.
- The opening times of the taxpayer assistance 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 will follow the Department of Health’s health and safety guidelines to promote a clean office environment.
Taxpayers can check the status of their refunds online by selecting Where’s my income tax refund? Link on the department’s homepage; or by calling 1-888-PATAXES. Taxpayers will be asked to provide their social security number and the amount of the refund requested in order to maintain the current status.
Free tax forms and instructions are available at www.revenue.pa.gov.
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