Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources & Updates for Pennsylvania CPAs

Last Updated 8/11/20 9:00 a.m.


The PICPA has been working daily to address the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Check back frequently for updates to PICPA programming, professional resources, and health and travel alerts.

Discussion on Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Reopening (July 9, 2020)

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More from the Philadelphia DOR, Pa. DOR, and Pa. DOL

COVID-19 Recovery and the Philadelphia DOR: Live Discussion with Frank Breslin
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COVID-19 and Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Webinar
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COVID-19 and Pa. Taxes: Discussion with the Pennsylvania DOR - Download Q&A Transcript
March 31, 2020

Disclaimer: All information in these recordings was current as of the time of the live webinars. The situation is rapidly changing, and the information shared in the webinar recording is subject to change.

Updates on Tax Payments and Deadlines

The PICPA is in constant contact with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, local tax municipalities, and other regulatory agencies. We will continue to advocate on your behalf and provide frequent updates.

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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 Service (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 www.IRS.gov 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 and questions and answers section.

Pa. Department of Revenue: Due Dates Extended for 2020 Annual Corporate Net Income Tax Returns and Payments

Pennsylvania corporate taxpayers who had annual corporate net income tax returns and payments due in April, May, June or July of 2020 now have until Aug. 14, 2020, to file their returns and make their final payments.

This extension is being made after the IRS announced in March that certain taxpayers generally had until July 15, 2020 to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15, 2020. The IRS later released additional guidance that said the extension applied to all taxpayers who had filing or payment deadlines falling between April 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020. By law, the due dates for Pennsylvania annual corporate net income tax payments are 30 days after the federal due dates.

The Department of Revenue also recently announced it extended the due date for corporations with tax returns due in May to Aug. 14, 2020. That means the new due date for corporate filers who take an extension to file their returns is now Feb. 16, 2021. As usual, this additional six-month extension applies to filing the tax return, not to making a payment.

Below is additional guidance from the DOR:

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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 webpage 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.

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