New Jersey Mirrors IRS Action, Extends Filing Deadline for State Taxes

By: Savannah Scarborough, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Resources Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought struggles to the state of New Jersey and the world as a whole, leading to one of the most challenging tax seasons in history. This trouble has prompted the IRS to extend its deadline for the 2020 tax year.

Due to this change, New Jersey announced on March 19 that the state income tax filing and payment due date for individuals would automatically be extended. This extension is from April 15 to May 17 for the 2020 tax year and mirroring the IRS’s actions.

This extension applies to individual taxpayers, including those who pay self-employment taxes. Additionally, there will be no additional forms required for qualification for this extension. However, first-quarter 2021 taxpayers are not eligible for this extension and will have their taxes due on April 15.

“As we continue the arduous job of emerging from this pandemic, we are extending this relief to taxpayers in what we know is a very difficult time,” Governor Phil Murphy said in a press release. “Our hope is that the extension gives taxpayers with difficult circumstances, including filings made more complicated by various relief programs and employment changes, the extra the time they may need.”

All government members within the state of New Jersey know this year has been challenging for many and hope that this extension will provide some relief associated with filing taxes.

“It is our hope that this additional time will provide a measure of relief for those who have faced challenges created by the pandemic,” Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio added in a release. “This is exactly the type of emergent situation that our existing statutory authority was designed to address.”

This act is just one of the many ways New Jersey’s government has shown their support for New Jerseyans and gives glimpses of hope for the state’s future.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.