July 15 tax deadline one week out, agencies remind Central Illinoisans to file

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) ― As the 2019 tax filing and payment deadline approaches, the IRS reminds taxpayers and businesses that 2019 income tax liabilities as well as postponed April 15 and June 15, 2020, estimated tax payments are due July 15, 2020. This postponement provided temporary tax relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taxpayers who owe a 2019 income tax liability, as well as estimated tax for 2020, must make two separate payments on or by July 15, 2020: One for their 2019 income tax liability and one for their 2020 estimated tax payments. The two estimated tax payments can be combined into a single payment.

A local tax agency, Total Income Tax, LLC., reminding Central Illinoisans to file before the deadline to not be met with a wait time.

About June 15th I’d say, we started seeing a lot more activity than we normally do in the summer months. So we’re going to continue to stay busy throughout the next week. The biggest bit of recommendation that I can give someone if they’re waiting to file but don’t have the money, the worst thing you can ever do is not file, because the myriad of penalties and interest that you get assessed… one of the biggest once is ‘failure to file.’

William Sharpe, E,A., President | Total Income Tax, LLC

A list of forms due July 15 is on the Coronavirus Tax Relief: Filing and Payment Deadlines page. Electronic payment options are the optimal way to make a tax payment.

The Peoria Public Library posted to its Facebook page Wednesday writing, “AARP is NOT allowing their tax helpers to return to Peoria Public Library. If you had an appointment pre-COVID, you will need to make other arrangements before the upcoming tax filing deadline next week.”

Paying electronically:

  • Individuals –Taxpayers can use Direct Pay for two payments each day. Direct Pay allows taxpayers to pay online directly from a checking or savings account for free, and to schedule payments up to 365 days in advance. They will receive an email confirmation of their payments.
  • Businesses –For businesses or those making large payments, the best payment option is the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, which allows up to five payments per day. Enrollment is required. Taxpayers can schedule payments up to 365 days in advance and opt in to receive email notifications about their payments. Visit IRS.gov/eftps for details.

Paying by check, money order or cashier’s check:

  • 2019 Tax Liability – If paying a 2019 income tax liability without an accompanying 2019 tax return, taxpayers paying by check, money order or cashier’s check should include Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher with the payment.
  • For those paying when filing their 2019 income tax return, do not staple or paperclip the payment to the return. For more information, go to Pay by Check or Money Order on IRS.gov.
  • 2020 Estimated Tax Payments – Taxpayers making their 2020 estimated tax payment by check, money order or cashier’s check should include the appropriate Form 1040-ES payment voucher. Indicate on the check memo line that this is a 2020 estimated tax payment.

Additional electronic payment options:

Payment options are available at IRS.gov/payments:

  • Taxpayers can pay when they file electronically using tax software online. If using a tax preparer, ask the preparer to make the tax payment through an electronic funds withdrawal from a bank account.
  • Taxpayers can choose to pay with a credit card, debit card or digital wallet option through a payment processor. Processing fees apply. No part of the card service fee goes to the IRS.
  • The IRS2Go app provides mobile-friendly payment options, including Direct Pay and Payment Provider payments on mobile devices.
  • Individuals and businesses, preferring to pay in cash, can do so at a participating retail store. Go to IRS.gov/paywithcash for instructions.

For taxpayers paying separately from when they file their tax returns, the more secure and quick way to send a payment to the IRS is by going to IRS.gov/payments and choosing an electronic payment option to submit the payment. Taxpayers should continue to use electronic options to support social distancing and speed the processing of tax returns, refunds, and payments.

Reviewing federal tax information online

Individual taxpayers can go to IRS.gov/account to securely access information about their federal tax account. They can view the amount they owe, access their tax records online, review their payment history, and view key tax return information for the most recent tax return as originally filed.

Need more time to prepare your federal tax return? This page provides information on how to apply for an extension of time to file. Please be aware that:

  • An extension of time to file your return does not grant you any extension of time to pay your taxes. 
  • You should estimate and pay any owed taxes by your regular deadline to help avoid possible penalties.
  • You must file your extension request no later than the regular due date of your return.

E-file Your Extension Form for Free

Individual tax filers, regardless of income, can use Free File to electronically request an automatic tax-filing extension.

  • Filing this form gives you until Oct. 15 to file a return.
  • To get the extension, you must estimate your tax liability on this form and should also pay any amount due.

Get an extension when you make a payment

You can also get an extension by paying all or part of your estimated income tax due and indicate that the payment is for an extension using Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or a credit or debit card. This way you won’t have to file a separate extension form and you will receive a confirmation number for your records.

Extension Forms by Filing Status


Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (PDF)

Special rules may apply if you are:

Business and Corporations

Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns (PDF)

Form 1138, Extension of Time for Payment of Taxes by a Corporation Expecting a Net Operating Loss Carryback (PDF)

Other Forms

Form 2350, Application for Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return (For U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad Who Expect To Qualify for Special Tax Treatment) (PDF)

Form 4768, Application for Extension of Time to File a Return and/or Pay U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Taxes (PDF)

Form 5558, Application for Extension of Time to File Certain Employee Plan Returns (PDF)

Form 8809, Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns (PDF)

Form 8868, Application for Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return (PDF)  

Form 8892, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Form 709 and/or Payment of Gift/Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax (PDF)

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