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WASHINGTON DC – Two U.S. Representatives are requesting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to push back its April 15 tax filing deadline in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter sent to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig on Friday, the lawmakers argued that an additional 90 days should be provided to help mitigate the impact the virus is having on local communities.

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“We are writing today to request that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extend the deadline for tax filings for individual and business filers by ninety days, from the current date of April 15, 2020, until June 15, 2020,” wrote Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.). “This request is in direct response to the impact that the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on our local businesses and communities.”

“This would allow individuals more flexibility to pay for their housing, childcare for children who may be unable to attend school, or medical care and health products to care for ailing family members, and small businesses the cash flow to keep their doors open and pay their workers at a time where consumer demand is unpredictable,” wrote the lawmakers.

“Now, more than ever, Americans need relief from filing and payment penalties. For those communities that are currently impacted by COVID-19, the focus should be on the health and safety of themselves, their families, and their community,” the two wrote last week.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said tonight, March 15, that he is considering extending the Massachusetts deadline from April 15.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.