State pushes tax filing deadline to May 15

By Steve Wilson
March 23, 2020

The Mississippi Department of Revenue announced today that it will push back its tax filing deadline in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new deadline is May 15, a month after the traditional April 15 deadline and two months before the new federal deadline of July 15.

In a news release, the DOR said it couldn’t extend the deadline past the fiscal year’s end of June 30, because it would jeopardize the ability of state leadership to balance the fiscal year budget. According to state law, appropriations for state agencies for this fiscal year will last until August 30.

Taxpayer payments for the self-employed are also due on the date and the extension doesn’t apply to sales, use or any other tax types. 

Alabama was the most recent state to announce it pushed back its deadline to July 15, putting it in line with the federal government, which moved back its deadline to the same date two days ago. 

Thirteen states, according to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, have pushed back their filing deadlines to July 15 in lockstep with the federal deadline. All but Mississippi have put their deadlines on the federal schedule.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement that “it is imperative we reduce the burden upon Alabamians and get folks back on their feet financially. The safety and wellbeing of Alabamians is the paramount priority as we do everything within our power to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.”

The states that have pushed back their deadlines in addition to Alabama are:

  • California.
  • Connecticut.
  • Indiana.
  • Iowa.
  • Maryland.
  • New Mexico.
  • Oklahoma.
  • Oregon.
  • South Carolina.
  • Utah.
  • Virginia.

In addition to the filing deadline, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service pushed back the date for the first payment for the self-employed who don’t have their taxes withheld by their employer. Like the filing deadline, this will be pushed back to July 15 as well.


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