Earlier this week the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year has been automatically extended from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. The IRS further announced that taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021, without incurring any penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to individual taxpayers. However, this relief does not apply to estimated tax payments that are due on April 15, 2021, for 2021 tax year.

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, at the direction of Governor Ned Lamont, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (“DRS”) announced that it would follow the lead of the IRS and extend the filing and payment deadline for 2020 Connecticut individual income tax returns to May 17, 2021.

Both the IRS and the DRS have indicated in their public announcements that taxpayers anticipating a refund may still file before the new May 17, 2021 deadline.

This blog will be updated when more information becomes available.

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Photo of Louis B. Schatz Louis B. Schatz

Louis Schatz is a partner in Shipman’s Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group, a group which he chaired for many years. From 2007 to 2017, Lou served on the firm’s seven-person Management Committee. He is the past Chair of the Tax Section of…

Louis Schatz is a partner in Shipman’s Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group, a group which he chaired for many years. From 2007 to 2017, Lou served on the firm’s seven-person Management Committee. He is the past Chair of the Tax Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Lou practices in the areas of federal and State of Connecticut tax with attention to the representation of closely held businesses organized as limited liability companies, partnerships and S corporations; real estate joint ventures; and the representation of taxpayers involved in federal and Connecticut tax controversies (at the audit, appellate and court levels). He is a frequent lecturer on federal and State of Connecticut tax, partnership and limited liability company issues.

Photo of Elva M. Saltzman Elva M. Saltzman

Elva Saltzman assists clients in matters related to federal, state and local taxation. While in law school, Elva served as a volunteer tax adviser for the Global Connections’ Tax Assistance Program at Penn State University, and as a research assistant for the International…

Elva Saltzman assists clients in matters related to federal, state and local taxation. While in law school, Elva served as a volunteer tax adviser for the Global Connections’ Tax Assistance Program at Penn State University, and as a research assistant for the International Sustainable Development Projects Law Clinic at Penn State Law. In addition, Elva worked as an intern for the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic of Philadelphia Legal Assistance.