SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert of the Eastern District of California is reminding people to file their taxes by the deadline, which is on Monday, May 17. 2021.
The deadline for filing and paying taxes for 2020 had been extended from April 15 to May 17 due to Covid-19. Taxpayers filing Form 1040 series returns must file Form 4868 by May 17 to obtain the automatic extension to Oct. 15, 2021.
“Every person in this country is obligated to abide by our tax laws,” said U.S. Attorney Talbert.
“It hurts It hurts everyone who follows the rules when people submit fraudulent returns and claim taxpayer money to which they aren't entitled,” continued Talbert.
“It is vital that everyone meets their responsibilities to pay taxes and that they have confidence in the government agencies that enforce those rules,” he added.
Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in Northern California, Michael Daniels, said, "For people facing hardships who cannot pay in full, including those affected by COVID-19, the IRS has several options available to help.”
Daniels said to visit the IRS website to explore those options in order to avoid accruing interest and penalties on the amount of taxes owed after the May 17, 2021 deadline.