COVID-19 Tax Alert: Maine, Massachusetts & D.C. Now Conforming to July 15, 2020 Filing and Payment Deadline (With Important Limitations)

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On March 27, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that Massachusetts will extend the due date to file and pay Massachusetts personal income tax from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020, conforming to the federal filing and payment deadline extension. The governor’s announcement did not extend tax deadlines for taxpayers other than individuals.

On March 26, 2020, Maine Governor Janet Mills announced that Maine will extend the due date for Maine income tax payments from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020, conforming to the federal payment due date extension. The extended deadline applies to all Maine income tax payments, including any final and estimated payments due by April 15. Maine filing deadline for individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns is automatically tied to any federal filing extension and is therefore also extended to July 15. Filing and payment deadlines for sales and use tax and for payroll tax are not affected by this announcement.

In addition, on March 23, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bower announced that D.C. would conform to the federal income tax deadline extension, delaying the filing and payment due date for individual and fiduciary income tax, partnership tax, and franchise tax returns from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The extension does not apply to estimated payments. The Office of Tax and Revenue announced on March 26 that Individuals and businesses are still required to file their first quarter estimated payments by April 15 and their second quarter estimated payments by June 15, 2020.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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