FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2020
Administration Provides Relief for Taxpayers Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic
— Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Department of Revenue is providing
relief to Pennsylvanians and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The department is offering taxpayers increased flexibility, additional time
to meet their tax obligations, and a pause on several of its standard
“As we all work together to prevent the
spread of COVID-19, it’s critical for us to take action that will provide
immediate relief for Pennsylvanians and our businesses,” Governor Wolf
said. “In addition to extending tax filing and payment deadlines, we are
giving taxpayers more time and flexibility in other areas so that they can
concentrate on their well-being. This is a needed step that will help
everyone during this uncertain time.”
This temporary relief for taxpayers will
remain in effect through at least July 15, 2020. Details on the specific
relief can be found on the Department of Revenue’s website under its COVID-19 information page.
“While people focus on their health and
keeping themselves and their families safe during
the pandemic, our goal is to ease the burden for our customers and help
everyone move forward,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We want to
help people and businesses make it through this challenging situation.”
The Department of Revenue will:
- Pause payments for existing
payment plans upon requests from taxpayers.
- Provide flexible terms for
new payment plans.
- Work to boost customer service
for taxpayers impacted by the pandemic.
- Suspend or reduce automatic
enforcement actions regarding liens, wage garnishments, bank
attachments, license inspections, requirements for tax clearances and
use of private collection agencies.
- Suspend the creation of new
desk reviews and field audits in most cases.
- Suspend in-person meetings
with taxpayers in most cases.
- Broaden audit penalty
abatement and interest relief.
- Continue to administer tax
credit and incentive programs.
- Abate penalties in most cases
if taxpayers have remitted trust fund taxes they collected.
Taxpayer Service and
In addition to the relief announced
today, the Department of Revenue also has:
With the department’s call centers closed
to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, taxpayers seeking assistance are
encouraged to use the department’s Online Customer Service Center,
available at revenue-pa.custhelp.com.
You can use this resource to electronically submit a question to a
department representative. The department representative will be able to respond
through a secure, electronic process that is similar to receiving an email.
Additionally, the Online Customer Service Center includes thousands of
answers to common tax-related questions.
Find Alerts from Revenue
Taxpayers and tax professionals are
encouraged to visit the Department of Revenue’s COVID-19 information page
for additional guidance and updates on department operations. You can also
visit the department's pages on Facebook, Twitter
and LinkedIn for
real time updates.
commonwealth's Responding to
COVID-19 guide for
the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the
Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most
up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Lyndsay Kensinger, Governor’s
Johnson, Revenue, 717-787-6960; email@example.com
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