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Arizona extending individual income tax filing deadline to May 17

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PHOENIX — Arizona is extending the state individual income tax filing deadline from April 15 to May 17 to match the federal government’s extended filing deadline.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1297 on Monday, ensuring taxpayers filing state tax returns or submitting payments prior to May 17 will not be assessed late payment penalties or interest.

Estimated payments are still due on April 15, however, as the extension only applies to individual income tax returns.

“Our economy is on the rise and jobs are growing, but Arizonans throughout the state have still felt the economic impact of the pandemic,” Ducey said in a press release.

“This extension aligns with the new federal deadline, giving Arizonans more time to file their state income taxes and helping them to avoid penalties.”

Taxpayers also have extra time to contribute to certain charitable organizations for purposes of claiming their tax credits, including foster care organizations, public schools and school tuition organizations, according to the release.

The Internal Revenue Service announced in March it would delay the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17, postponing when individual taxpayers must file their return and when their payment is due while also allowing taxpayers who owe money not to face any further penalties or interest if paid by May 17.

The new federal deadline also applies to individuals who pay self-employment tax.

Like Arizona’s new deadline, the federal extended deadline doesn’t apply to estimated tax payments that are due on April 15.

This marks the second year in a row taxpayers have been given an extension due to the COVID-19 pandemic as Arizona mirrored the extended federal deadline of July 15 last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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