Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources & Updates for Pennsylvania CPAs

Last Updated 4/3/20, 8:45 a.m.

The PICPA has been working to responsibly address the continuously evolving threat of the coronavirus outbreak. Check back frequently for updates to PICPA programming, professional resources, and health and travel alerts.
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Disclaimer: All information during this recording was current as of the broadcast date of March 31, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. The situation is rapidly evolving, and the information shared in the webinar recording is subject to change.

Updates on Tax Payment and Deadlines

PICPA is in constant contact with the DOR and local tax municipalities and will continue providing frequent updates.  

IRS Announces Temporary Suspension of Help Desks

In an email to the PICPA, IRS Senior Stakeholder Rich Furlong announced the following.

Due to staff limitations, the PPS line, the e-Services Help Desk line, and the e-Services, FIRE, and AIR system help desks are closed until further notice. Please make your first option for answers. 

The IRS is temporarily suspending acceptance of new Income Verification Express Services (IVES) requests and is experiencing delays with existing IVES processing as well as CAF number authorizations. Practitioners with e-Services accounts and client authorization can access the Transcript Delivery System to obtain prior-year transcripts. Taxpayers should use Where’s My Refund? and Get Transcript.

The IRS is currently unable to answer any questions on stimulus payments.

Normal operations will resume as soon as possible. Please check for updates and Coronavirus Tax Relief webpage for announcements, FAQs, and technical guidance.

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Pa. Department of Revenue (DOR) Extends PIT Filing Deadline, Provides Updates on Responding to Notices, AST Prepayments

The DOR announced on March 21, 2020, that it has extended the filing deadline for Pennsylvania personal income tax returns to July 15, 2020. The DOR will also waive penalties and interest on personal income tax payments made through the new deadline. 

The DOR, in a message to PICPA, said it continues to process electronically filed tax returns and payments. If you received a notice or assessment that requires a response by a specific date, please know that the deadline to respond has been suspended temporarily. That temporary suspension will be lifted once DOR’s offices have reopened.  

The DOR announced that it is waiving penalties for businesses that are required to make accelerated sales tax (AST) prepayments by Friday, March 20, 2020. The DOR also indicated, "additionally, for April sales tax payments, the department is waiving the AST prepayment requirement and asking businesses to simply remit the sales tax that they have collected in March."

For more information, check out the DOR's alert page

Local Tax Jurisdictions and Business Tax Update

The following counties or tax administration services have indicated that they will extend their filing deadlines. Updates will be posted from the other local jurisdictions when they are available, but please check the DCED's Local Tax Collector web page for more information. 

With regard to the local earned income tax (EIT) imposed by the Local Tax Enabling Act (Act 511 of 1965), House Bill 1232 (now Act 10 of 2020) authorizes the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to coordinate with the governing bodies and local agencies of political subdivisions to extend filing and payment deadlines to July 15, 2020. In addition, most jurisdictions have also extended first quarter estimated payments to July 15, 2020. Second quarter payments are still on schedule for July 30, 2020.  

Business Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

Business Privilege Tax 
Review the tax return and due date tracking spreadsheet for Pennsylvania counties/municipalities compiled by the PICPA State Tax Committee.  *This list will be updated as we receive more information.   

Pa. General Assembly Gives Dept. of Revenue Authority to Extend Filing and Payment Deadlines

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed House Bill 1232, which amends the Fiscal Code and temporarily authorizes the Department of Revenue to extend tax filing and payment deadlines. The PICPA has spoken with state legislators about the need for consistency across taxing bodies and levels, and this legislation provides much needed clarification. Read more >


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