Neal, Pascrell Applaud IRS Tax-Filing Extension to May 17

Mar 17, 2021
Press Release
IRS heeds demands for flexibility to strained taxpayers

WASHINGTON, DC— House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today applauded the decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the federal tax-filing deadline from April 15 to May 17.  The decision comes after Neal and Pascrell called on the IRS to give already-strained Americans flexibility to file their 2020 taxes.

“This extension is absolutely necessary to give Americans some needed flexibility in a time of unprecedented crisis,” said Chairman Neal and Chairman Pascrell. “Under titanic stress and strain, American taxpayers and tax preparers must have more time to file tax returns. And the IRS itself started the filing season late, continues to be behind schedule, and now must implement changes from the American Rescue Plan. We are gratified that the IRS has recognized the need and heeded our calls for additional time, and while we are pleased with this 30-day extension, we will continue to monitor developments during this hectic filing season. We look forward to hearing directly from the Commissioner tomorrow afternoon to discuss how the IRS is managing this filing season and the justification for the duration of this extension.”

Tomorrow, March 18 at 2PM, Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Pascrell will convene a subcommittee hearing on the 2021 Tax Filing Season and hear testimony from IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig.