Earlier today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the tax filing deadline will be extended to July 15, 2020. This provides much needed relief to both taxpayers and practitioners across the country who are facing an unprecedented set of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all of you who answered our call to action yesterday and contacted the U.S. Treasury Department with your rightful concerns. We are also grateful that Congressman Richard Neal, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, heard our calls and contacted Secretary Mnuchin to formally request an extension.
We have since been in contact with Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Karen Spilka, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Administration and Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan and DOR Acting Commissioner Kevin Brown to voice our concerns and request that Massachusetts follow federal guidance to extend the filing deadline to July 15, 2020. To view all developments from the DOR, click here.
Also thank you to members John Geraci, Shanikwa Davis and Jeff Levine who were interviewed along with me for an article on this issue in yesterday's Boston Globe. You can read the article here. We appreciate you adding your voice to this important matter!
In other COVID-19 related news:
- We are working with the Board of Public Accountancy to extend the dates for license renewal and CPE requirements. We feel optimistic and will keep you updated on any developments.
- We are offering free webinars on topics to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Laurie LaBrie will talk about HR issues (register here), and on Tuesday, we will host another webinar on IT issues (register here). These webinars offer 1 CPE credit for all MSCPA members.
- Your health and safety continue to be of paramount importance to us. We are currently exploring how we can continue to offer you the CPE and other events that you rely on while maintaining social distancing. Watch your inbox for information on specific events.
For the latest updates, please visit our Coronavirus Resource Center.
We understand this is a challenging time for everyone and there will likely be long term ramifications to the situation happening now. We are keeping this in mind and will make adjustments to accommodate you in the months ahead. Please know that we are here to help you in any way we can, and we will come out of this stronger together.
I hope all of you stay healthy and sane during these unprecedented times. Please reach out to me if we can assist you in any way.