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Description of Program and Relief

Tax Relief for Quarterly and Annual Filers of Sales Tax for Vendors affected by COVID-19

The Governor has issued an executive order expanding the Tax Commissioner’s authority to allow the Commissioner to abate interest on quarterly sales and use tax filings and remittances with a due date of March 20, 2020 for those who were unable to timely file and pay as result of the COVID-19 virus, such as:

taxpayers who were unable to meet tax filing, payment, or other deadlines because key employees were treated or suspected to have COVID-19;

taxpayers whose records necessary to meet tax filing, payment, or other deadlines are not available due to the outbreak;

taxpayers who have difficulty in meeting tax filing, payment, or other deadlines because of closure orders or similar business disruptions directly resulting from the outbreak; and

taxpayers whose tax practitioners were unable to complete work to meet tax filing, payment, and other deadlines on behalf of their clients due to the outbreak.

Taxpayers seeking interest and penalty abatements for COVID-related filing and payment delays may request relief by visiting the Department’s website at:

https://www.tax.ny.gov/press/alerts/sales-tax-relief-for-covid-19.htm.

Alternatively, taxpayers that receive a penalty notice from the Department for failure to file returns or make payments due March 20, 2020, should follow the instructions on the notice to request abatement of interest and late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply.

Abatements of penalties and rate of interest on late payments not made by the date required by law or not covered by this announcement will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Government or Lead Agency

New York Department of Taxation and Finance

Dates Available

March 20, 2020 until May 19, 2020

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Returns must be filed and the amount due must be paid within 60 days of the due date for this relief to apply.

Not eligible for this relief are Sales Tax Vendors who are required to file returns on a monthly basis and participants in the Promptax program for sales and use tax or prepaid sales tax on fuel.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

Contact for More Information

Taxpayers may contact the Department’s Business Taxpayers Answers Center for more information at: https://nystax.custhelp.com/app/ask/c/85

List of Additional Information

For more information, visit: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/notices/n20-1.pdf


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