Trump Administration extends federal income tax filing deadline, state moves bill to provide aid to Kentuckians

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Friday that the filing deadline for federal income taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020, adding to the list of emergency measures being taken to combat COVID-19 and address the financial situation surrounding the pandemic.

“All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties,” Mnuchin wrote in a Tweet announcing the move.

The administration announced earlier this week that it would delay the payments to July 15, a move that Mnuchin said would leave $300 billion in the economy at a critical time.

While no official move has been made to mirror the federal move at the state level in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear mentioned in his daily COVID-19 press conference on Thursday that his administration was “looking into it.”

Also on Thursday, the Kentucky House of Representatives removed original language from Senate Bill 150 and adopted an amendment that would provide relief for Kentuckians during the coronavirus pandemic, and specifically addresses the state income tax filing requirements.

“The Department of Revenue shall adhere to any declarations or changes in tax filing requirements provided by the U.S. Treasury Department or the Internal Revenue Service and provide the same to taxpayers for comparable tax filing requirements under Kentucky law,” according to the House Committee Substitute to SB 150.

Other items addressed in the House Committee Substitute:

  • Board and Commissions are able to waive license fees until the crisis is over.
  • Allows benefits paid for workers not terminated but moved to part-time.
  • Expanding telehealth to include all health care providers licensed in Kentucky.  Social workers will be included.
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy will be considered “essential” so they can provide services, but their patients will not clog up emergency rooms.
  • Restaurants allowed to sell alcohol by the drink as part of “to-go” sales.
  • Statewide Poison Control hotline being used for COVID-19 calls and additional funding will be provided for increased staffing.

The amended version of SB 150 passed the House unanimously on Thursday and awaits approval by the Senate when the Legislature returns on March 26.

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