The Internal Revenue Service and United States Attorney remind taxpayers of upcoming filing deadline and to remain vigilant for fraud

 

Date: July 1, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Acting Special Agent in Charge Adam Steiner, IRS Criminal Investigation, St. Louis Field Office, and U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons, District of South Dakota, are reminding taxpayers that the tax filing and payment deadline is July 15, and to continue to be on the lookout for scam artists.

Steiner and Parsons made the announcement today to urge people who owe taxes, even if they have a filing extension, to carefully review their situation and pay what they can by July 15 to avoid penalties and interest.

Due to COVID-19, the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 was postponed from April 15 to July 15. For people facing hardships, including those affected by COVID-19, who cannot pay in full, the IRS has several options available on IRS.gov/payments.

"Taxpayers who are unable to pay their taxes in full should act as quickly as possible since interest and penalties can rapidly accumulate when more time passes," warned Steiner. "You must pay the taxes you owe by July 15."

In addition, Steiner and Parsons reminded taxpayers that scammers are hard at work looking for ways to steal your personal information and your money. Stay alert! The IRS will not contact you by phone, email or social media to ask for personal information. It is a scam.

"IRS Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Attorney's Office are focusing on bringing to justice criminals that use taxpayer's personal information as an opportunity to commit a crime, especially those looking to prey on vulnerable taxpayers," said Steiner.

"Please make sure to file your taxes on time and never share your personal or financial information with anyone you do not know and trust," said U.S. Attorney Parsons.

For official information, go directly and solely to IRS.gov.