Many Minnesotans have had questions about how the current situation will impact the upcoming tax filing deadline. At this time, state and federal tax returns must still be submitted by April 15. Below is important information to help taxpayers navigate the situation:
Has the income tax deadline changed?
No. At this time, federal and Minnesota individual income tax returns are due April 15, 2020. However, the federal Internal Revenue Service extended the deadline this week to pay federal taxes owed to July 15, 2020. This can be confusing, so here are some main points to remember:
- State and federal tax returns must still be filed by April 15, 2020
- The IRS has extended the deadline for federal income tax payments only to July 15, 2020, for payments due of up to $1 million for individuals and $10 million for corporations. This only applies to federal taxes. Please see the IRS website for full instructions.
- Minnesota tax returns and payments remain due April 15, 2020.
What if COVID-19 prevents a taxpayer from filing and paying on time?
Under Minnesota Statute, taxpayers have the ability to request the cancellation of any penalty or interest imposed for failing to file a Minnesota return or pay taxes owed for good cause. If a taxpayer is unable to file and pay on time because of the COVID-19 illness or a related situation, contact the Department. Information on requesting an abatement is on the website.
Are free tax preparation services affected?
To help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, some free income tax preparation sites have suspended services. Please contact the site for updated hours of operation. View the directory of all VITA sites, along with contact information. Check back periodically to see if the site’s hours of operation have changed.
Some taxpayers may be eligible to file returns electronically for free. View the list of providers to see who qualifies.
Who to contact with questions:
If you have questions, call the Minnesota Department of Revenue at 651-556-3000 or 1-800-657-3666, or use the Department’s email form.