IRS Statement on Balance Due Notices

IRS Statement on Balance Due Notices

June 15, 2020
By Tonneson
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The IRS issued a IRS Statement on Balance Due Notices to taxpayers on Friday, June 12, to warn them that they may receive a notice with a response date that has already expired. Due to the workers being furloughed, notices generated by the IRS computers could not be mailed in time. Please see the Statement and Notice from the IRS below for more information:

Balance Due Notice Mailings: Due Dates Extended to Help Taxpayers

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS was unable to mail some previously printed balance due notices as a result of office closures. As IRS operations continue to reopen, these notices will be delivered to taxpayers in the next few weeks. Given the time it would take to reprogram IRS systems and generate updated notices, some of the notices taxpayers will receive have due dates that have already passed. However, each notice will include an insert confirming that the due dates printed on the notices have been extended.

Extended Payment Due Dates

The payment due dates printed on the notices have been extended, as described in the insert. The new payment due date will be either July 10, 2020, or July 15, 2020, depending upon the type of tax return and original due date. Taxpayers should be sure to read the insert included with the notice that explains the delay and provides the correct payment due dates.

Taxpayers who have questions about their balance due should visit the website listed or call the number provided on their notice; however, keep in mind that phone lines remain extremely busy as the IRS resumes operations.

Insert from the IRS:


Due to the challenges of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, we were unable to mail the notice included in this envelope on the date listed on the notice. In addition, the date on the notice by which you are asked to pay may have already passed by the time you receive it. Do not be concerned about these dates.

You have additional time to pay the amounts shown on your notice to avoid incurring additional liabilities.

A. If the amount due on your notice is for an income, gift, estate, or Form 990-PF or Form 4720 excise tax return that was due on or after April 1, 2020 and before July 15, 2020, (such as a Form 1040 normally due April 15, 2020), the Treasury Department and the IRS postponed the deadline for making your payment to July 15, 2020. If the amount due (as provided on your notice) is not paid by July 15, 2020, penalty and interest will begin to accrue after July 15, 2020. To avoid penalty and interest, pay the amount due by July 15, 2020.

B. If the amount due on your notice is for a return that was due before April 1, 2020, or an employment or excise tax return due on or after April 1, 2020, you will not be charged additional penalty or interest if you pay the amount due (provided on your notice) by July 10, 2020.

If you have questions about the enclosed notice, visit the website listed there or contact us at the number listed there.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your tonneson + co representative.