Historically, the IRS sends notices of balances due and the due date for payment to taxpayers. Due to most IRS operations being shut down due to the pandemic, the sending of these notices ceased. As the IRS begins to re-open and ramp up operations again, balance due notices will start going out again. In some cases, the due dates on the noticess may have already passed due to the delays.
The IRS today issued a statement reminding people that the due dates for payment in most cases have been extended to July. See the text of the statement below:
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.