Pennsylvania Extends Deadlines for Tax Filing and Payment, and Filing of Tax Appeals with PA Board of Appeals

March 23, 2020 - 10:23 AM

Extension for Filing Pennsylvania Tax Returns
Last week, we informed you that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin extended the deadline to file federal tax returns by 90 days. The new deadline, to both file and pay federal taxes, is now July 15, 2020. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has followed suit and extended the deadline for filing 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns to July 15, 2020. In addition, the Department of Revenue is waiving penalties and interest on 2019 personal income tax payments made by July 15, 2020 so taxpayers now have an additional 90 days to pay their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax. Also, the Department is extending the deadline to make estimated payment on 2020 Pennsylvania personal income tax for the first and second quarters of 2020 until July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers who anticipate a refund are encouraged to file as early as they can, in order to receive their refunds as soon as possible. Filing electronically will speed up the processing of your return. 

Extension For Filing Tax Appeals With the Pennsylvania Board of Appeals
Due to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offices being closed as part of the emergency measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, there will be additional time in certain cases for taxpayers to appeal a tax assessment issued by the Department of Revenue or to file a petition for a tax refund with the Board of Appeals. A petition for appeals of all tax types will be considered to be timely filed if it is filed by 30 days after the reopening of the Board of Appeals, or the original deadline, whichever occurs later.

Note that if the appeal deadline fell before the Commonwealth office closed (March 16, 2020), then the original appeal deadline still applies. If the Board of Appeals requested additional documentation, the board will accept it if its filed within 30 days after the Board of Appeals office reopens.  

Visit the PA Department of Revenue's website for more information on this and other Pennsylvania Department of Revenue alerts. 

If you have questions, or would like additional information, please contact Steve Asbel, Partner in Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Estates & Trusts Group,  at 215.495.6523, or via email at

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