IRS to delay tax filing deadline to mid-May

The Internal Revenue Service plans to delay this year’s tax filing deadline by roughly a month, to mid-May, according to an official familiar with the plans.

The official said the decision was made in order to allow filers more times to navigate tax situations complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

There has been growing bipartisan support to extend the deadline. Lawmakers, led by Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Bill Pascrell of New Jersey and Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, had urged the move, citing the pandemic.

Last year, the IRS moved the deadline to July 15, giving Americans an additional three months to file their taxes.

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