COVID Tax Tip 2020-65, June 3, 2020
There are many easy-to-use tools on available on IRS.gov. Even better, they are available 24 hours a day. These tools help people file and pay taxes, find information about their account and get answers to tax questions.
Here are a few things that people can do with a quick visit to IRS.gov.
Filing a tax return
Taxpayers who earned $69,000 or less in 2019 can file using free brand-name tax software with IRS Free File. People who earned more and want to do their own taxes can use Free File Fillable Forms. These are the electronic version of IRS paper forms. Either way, everyone has a free electronic filing option.
The deadlines to file and pay 2019 federal income taxes are postponed to July 15, 2020. If they need more time to file taxpayers can use IRS Free File through July 15 to electronically request an automatic extension to file until Thursday, October. 15. Taxpayers should remember that an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay. Penalties and interest may apply to taxes not paid by July 15.
Taxpayers can choose to get an extension by paying all or part of their estimated income tax due and indicate that the payment is for an extension using Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or a credit or debit card. This way they won't have to file a separate extension form and will receive a confirmation number for their records.
Pay taxes online
Taxpayers can file now and schedule their federal tax payments up to the July 15 due date. They can pay online, by phone or with their mobile device and the IRS2GoApp. Electronic payment options are the optimal way to make a tax payment to support social distancing and speed the processing of payments. This includes IRS Direct Pay, electronic funds withdrawal, and payment by debit or credit card.
View federal tax information online
Taxpayers can go to IRS.gov/account and securely access information about their federal taxes. They can access their tax records, review their payment history, and view tax return information for the current year's tax return as originally filed.
Get answers to tax questions
The Interactive Tax Assistant tool can help taxpayers get answer many tax questions.
Get answers to Economic Impact Payment questions
There is a special section of IRS.gov where taxpayers can find information about their Economic Impact Payment. Both of these tools are available in English and Spanish.
- Get My Payment – People should use this to check payment status and see the payment type. In some cases taxpayers may be able to provide bank account information for direct deposit.
- Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here – This free tool allows eligible people who don't normally file taxes to easily and quickly provide information to register for their payment. Do not use this tool if you are required to file a 2019 tax return.