Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources & Updates for Pennsylvania CPAs

Last Updated 3/27/20, 12:47 p.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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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 www.IRS.gov your first option for answers. 

The IRS is temporarily suspending acceptance of new Income Verification Express Services (IVES) requests and are experiencing delays with existing IVES processing as well as CAF number authorizations.Practitioners with e-Services accounts and with 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 www.IRS.gov for updates and Coronavirus Tax Relief webpage for announcements, FAQs, and technical guidance.

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. 

Each Tax Collection Committee (TCC) or county must make their own declaration to extend filing and payment deadlines, unless the Department of Economic and Community Development (DCED) passes a regulation for it or the legislation language is amended.

Updates will be posted from the other local jurisdictions when they are available. 


Business Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

PICPA is continuously working on getting clarification and will provide an update as soon we have more information. 


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Closure of Nonessential Businesses

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CPA Exam and Testing

Prometric Testing Sites Closed, Beginning March 17

Testing sites are expected to reopen April 16.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy has adopted the following recommendations from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy:

  • Any CPA candidate that has expiring credits for exam sections between now and June 30 will receive an extension until Sept. 30, 2020.
  • All Notices to Schedule (NTS) expiring between April 1 and June 30 will be extended to Sept. 30, 2020.

Affected candidates will receive communication from Prometric and the State Board.

Recommendation to Extend Notice to Schedule - National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)


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