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State postpones certain key tax deadlines for individuals, businesses

Estimated payments normally due June 15, 2020, will instead be due July 15, 2020

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PROVIDENCE — In order to provide additional relief to taxpayers amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Rhode Island Division of Taxation announced today that it has postponed certain key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses.

The relief mainly applies to estimated payments of Rhode Island personal income tax and estimated payments of Rhode Island business tax that would normally be due on June 15, 2020. The deadline for those filings and payments is postponed to July 15, 2020. No penalties and no interest will apply, regardless of the amount owed, if payment is made on or before July 15, 2020. Tax preparers and taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or contact the Division of Taxation in any way in order to qualify for this Rhode Island filing and payment relief; the relief is automatic, and the Division is in the process of adjusting its systems accordingly.

The relief announced today by the Division of Taxation is similar to the relief for certain filings and payments at the federal level that were announced on April 9, 2020, by the Internal Revenue Service and United States Treasury – a convenience for taxpayers and tax preparers.

“We realize that these are difficult times for many individuals and businesses. This relief will provide certain individuals and certain businesses with an additional month to file and make payments,” said Rhode Island Tax Administrator Neena Savage.

The relief will automatically provide extra time to file and pay for everyone involved – especially those preparers and taxpayers who are directly affected by the coronavirus.

Although the Rhode Island deadline for filing certain tax returns and making certain tax payments has been automatically postponed by one month – from June 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020 – the Division of Taxation urges tax preparers and taxpayers who are in a position to do so to file before the new deadline where possible.

Filing and paying sooner provides the State with essential funding during this crisis and allows the Governor, the General Assembly, and other State decision-makers to plan and protect Rhode Island’s economy. By filing and paying sooner, taxpayers and tax preparers can do their part in helping to ensure that the State of Rhode Island continues to have the financial resources necessary to fund critical services that are so essential to the health and well-being of all Rhode Islanders.

▪ The Division of Taxation has created a special webpage to address Rhode Island state tax issues related to the coronavirus outbreak. For more information, click here or copy and paste the following address into your web browser: http://www.tax.ri.gov/COVID/.

▪ The Division of Taxation urges taxpayers and others to use its website, portal, email system, and phone system -- and to avoid visiting the Division of Taxation’s office -- in order to limit the spread of the
coronavirus. For more information, including a list of frequently used phone numbers, email addresses, and web addresses, please click here or copy and paste the following address into your web browser:
http://www.tax.ri.gov/Advisory/ADV_2020_09.pdf.

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