Governor Phil Murphy says the shift is due to “hardships, financial strain, and disruptions” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal filing deadline is July 15, 2020.
By Matt Skoufalos | April 1, 2020
A few weeks after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended its deadline for Americans to file and pay their 2019 federal income taxes, New Jersey is similarly pushing its tax deadline to mid-July.
Due to the widespread impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), residents and businesses operating in New Jersey will have until July 15 to prepare and file their taxes with the state, which will extend its own fiscal year to September 30.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin cited the impact of the pandemic in a joint statement announcing the changes.
“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused hardships, financial strain, and disruptions for many New Jerseyans and New Jersey businesses. As part of our response, we have reached agreement that the state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15th to July 15th.
“Additionally, as part of the whole-of-government effort that is going into fighting COVID-19, we have agreed that the state fiscal year should be extended to September 30th. This will allow the Administration and the Legislature to focus fully on leading New Jersey out of this crisis, and to allow for a robust, comprehensive, and well-informed budget process later in the year.
“We are committed to working together to enact the necessary legislation and supplemental appropriations to accomplish these goals.”
Murphy had signaled in earlier briefings that a change in the deadline was likely coming, as the state marshals its resources to halt the spread of the virus.
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