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Idaho Tax Commission extends tax filing deadline to May 17
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Idaho Tax Commission extends tax filing deadline to May 17

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BOISE — The Idaho Tax Commission voted Thursday to delay Idaho’s tax deadline a month to match the new later federal tax deadline.

The commission voted unanimously to extend the state’s deadline from April 15 to May 17 after Republican Gov. Brad Little told the commission, an executive branch agency that operates under the guidance of the governor, to hold a special meeting and extend the deadline.

The Internal Revenue Service last week announced a delay of the traditional federal tax filing deadline to help taxpayers “navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic.”

Legislation had been introduced last week in Idaho’s House to make the change for state taxpayers.

But the Legislature shut down a day later after six of the 70 House members tested positive for COVID-19 within a week. The Legislature is not scheduled to meet again until April 6, which created a tight schedule for lawmakers to extend the deadline.

Shortly after the Legislature shut down, the Idaho State Tax Commission issued a statement saying that the state’s filing deadline is still April 15 and that it would be up to the Legislature to change it when it reconvened.

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But Thursday’s decision by the tax commission means the Legislature no longer needs to act.

“It’s unfortunate the Legislature had to adjourn when they did,” said Commissioner Janet Moyle.

The tax commission has the authority to unilaterally take action and extend the deadline under a section of Idaho law involving declared disasters like the coronavirus pandemic.

“I appreciate the Tax Commission and the Idaho Legislature for prioritizing the actions needed to ease the burden on Idahoans in preparing their taxes this year,” Little said in a statement.

The federal extension to May 17 gives the IRS time to issue guidance on recent tax law changes.

The new $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief package the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits from federal taxes for those making less than $150,000.

In 2020, the IRS postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline until July 15 due to the pandemic. But Idaho only extended the tax deadline to June 15 because the state’s fiscal year ends on June 30.

Americans could start seeing a new round of COVID relief payments in their bank accounts this weekend. President Biden has signed into law a $1.9 trillion package to help the U.S. fend off the impacts of the pandemic. The law includes $1,400 relief checks to many Americans plus a wide range of other aid. It also temporarily enhances Obamacare and a child tax credit that could significantly reduce childhood poverty. Despite universal opposition from Republicans in Congress to this bill, polls suggest strong support from the public. President Biden said: "This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation working people, middle class folks, people who built the country a fighting chance. That's what the essence of it is." But Republican lawmakers say it's too costly, among other grievances. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said: "This isn't a relief bill. It's pretty much a payoff for [House Speaker] Pelosi's political allies, and it will be the American people paying the bill."President Biden signed the bill one year to the day that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

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