AICPA Commends Treasury and IRS for Issuing Broad Tax Relief in Light of COVID-19

April 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2020) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) President & CEO, Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, released the following statement applauding Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for its decision to grant tax filing and payment extensions for all tax-related deadlines due between April 1 and July 15:

“Over the last several weeks, we repeated our requests to Treasury and the IRS for extensive tax filing and payment relief. Today’s release of Notice 2020-23 is great news to the thousands of taxpayers and tax professionals who are faced with upcoming deadlines. The seriousness of this global crisis is overwhelming. We commend Treasury and the IRS for recognizing the added stress these deadlines cause and taking action to ensure taxpayers and their advisors can take care of their families and their employees appropriately.

“While the AICPA appreciates the relief announced today, we continue to urge Treasury and IRS to develop a contingency plan for the next phase of relief should that be needed. As a country, we should not risk anyone’s life to meet tax filing obligations.”

On April 7th, the AICPA urged Treasury Secretary Mnuchin in a letter to immediately expand the tax-related relief to all types of returns and payments. On March 27th, the AICPA submitted a letter to Treasury and the IRS requesting that all Federal income tax, information returns, and payments originally due between March 3, 2020 and July 15, 2020 be granted additional time to file and pay until July 15, 2020. (See more AICPA tax policy and advocacy efforts here.)

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