Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources & Updates for Pennsylvania CPAs

Last Updated 10/13/20, 7:30 a.m.

Check back frequently for updates on 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 Pa. Taxes: Discussion with the Pennsylvania DOR - Download Q&A Transcript
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Disclaimer: All information in these recordings was current as of the time of the live webinars. The information shared in the webinar recordings 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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Pa. Department of Revenue

Pa. Department of Labor & Industry 

Philadelphia

Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development

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IRS Resources

A message from the IRS:

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers and tax professionals to use electronic options to support social distancing and speed the processing of tax returns, refunds and payments.

To protect the public and employees, and in compliance with orders of local health authorities around the country, certain IRS services such as live assistance on telephones, processing paper tax returns and responding to correspondence continue to be extremely limited. Any tax return which requires review, whether it was filed electronically or on paper, may also take longer because many review processes cannot be done virtually.  While some volunteer tax preparation sites are operating at a reduced capacity, most remain closed until further notice.


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

The following counties or tax administration services extend their filing deadlines in 2020. 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. 

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