WASHINGTON—AARP applauds the federal government’s decision to extend the tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021. On February 22, AARP urged support for extending the deadline in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal and Ranking Member Kevin Brady and Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Ranking Member Mike Kelly. The following statement is from AARP Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Bill Sweeney:
“The federal government’s decision to extend the tax deadline by more than a month is crucial for many older Americans. An extension is important to accommodate the additional strain on tax filers, especially older Americans who continue to avoid public places and who may be unable to get the tax preparation services they need. There are ongoing questions around economic impact payments, and tax forms may be more complex for those who did not receive correct payments in 2020. Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service is experiencing overwhelming demand, making it challenging for people to get answers to their questions. This decision is an important step to protecting the health and financial security of older and at-risk Americans.”
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AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org, www.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.