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DelBene, LaHood Introduce Bill to Extend “Mailbox Rule” to Electronic Tax Payments and Documents Filings

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Washington, D.C., July 16, 2020 | comments

Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Darin LaHood (IL-18) introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the “Mailbox Rule” to allow tax payments scheduled through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) on or before the due date to be considered timely paid. Currently, tax payments paid through EFTPS must be scheduled by 8 pm the day before the due date to be considered timely by the IRS. This legislation would create parity between electronic payments and mailed in payments.

“Taxpayers should have one clear deadline to file documents and make required payments. The IRS should not treat taxpayers who choose to use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System differently than taxpayers who file by mail. This bill ensures the same standard to all Americans regardless of how they pay," said DelBene.

“Taxpayers who make payments or file documents through the Treasury Department’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System shouldn’t face different filing deadlines than those who file by mail,” said LaHood. “Extending the Mailbox Rule to electronic payments is commonsense and will provide important parity for taxpayers navigating the tax code. I am proud to join Congresswoman DelBene to introduce this bill and I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass our bill.”

The National Taxpayer Advocate recommended that all electronic payments should qualify for the “Mailbox Rule.” 
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