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Wisconsin officials remind residents of tax filing deadline pushback

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Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 9:40 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - With tax day normally taking place this week, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue is reminding residents that they extended the state tax filing deadline.

Both state and federal income taxes for 2020 will now be due on May 17.

The state Dept. of Revenue notes that Wisconsin law requires it move the deadline from the typical April 15 due date to match the federal one if the Internal Revenue Service opts to extend it during a presidential emergency. Interest and penalties will also be waived during that month and will only start applying on May 18.

Dept. of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca did note, however for many, if not most, people in Wisconsin the extended deadline won’t matter too much.

“Roughly, half of all taxpayers in Wisconsin have already filed their tax returns, and most have received refunds, on average over $800,” he added. “We are still processing returns and issuing refunds and other credits that Wisconsinites rely on such as the Homestead Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit.”

Here are the changes detailed by DOR as a result of the later deadline:

  • Individuals do not have to file any extension forms to be eligible for this new due date.
  • No interest or penalties will accrue during the period of April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. Interest and late filing fees will apply beginning May 18, 2021.
  • No underpayment interest will apply for failure to make quarterly estimated individual income tax payments for the 2020 tax year.
  • This relief is solely for 2020 individual income tax returns and payments that are normally due on due April 15, 2021.

This relief does not apply to:

  • 2021 estimated tax payments for individuals, the first payment of which is due April 15, 2021, or to any other returns or tax payments due to the Department of Revenue.

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