State Sales Tax Relief for Restaurants and Small Businesses affected by COVID-19
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Effective immediately, the Department of Revenue is extending relief to businesses who are unable to timely pay their February, March, and April 2020 state sales tax liabilities and who are currently registered with the Department as engaging in NAICS Sector 72 business activities. Taxpayers filing returns for these reporting periods will receive waivers through June 1, 2020, of late payment penalties for state sales tax liabilities reported on their returns. Businesses included in NAICS Sector 72 are those preparing meals, snacks, and beverages for immediate consumption. A complete list of the business activities that fall within this sector can be viewed at NAICS Sector 72 – Accommodation and Food Services. Similar sales tax relief may be available on a case-by-case basis to other businesses significantly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the preventative measures being taken to limit its spread in Alabama.
District of Columbia
Proposed legislation: emergency legislation “COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020” was introduced. It would: extend the deadline for real property tax payments for hotels from March 31 to June 30, allow other businesses to defer specified sales tax payments, provide a corporate filing extension to June 1 for the biennial report, and would extend unemployment compensation to taxpayers unemployed due to COVID-19. The bill would allow other businesses to remit sales taxes due in February and March but defer payment until September 20, without facing fees, fines, penalties, or interest. (3/12/20)
Florida’s Department of Revenue will offer flexibility on the deadlines of taxes due, including corporate income taxes and sales taxes, to help businesses adversely affected by the new coronavirus response efforts, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced. Some corporate income tax payments can be deferred until the end of the fiscal year, the Republican governor said at a 3/16/20 news conference.
New Orleans Announcement (3/17/20). The filing and payment deadline for the February 2020 sales tax and excise tax is extended to May 20, 2020 – automatic extension – waive penalty and interest. (New Orleans waive fines, fees, interest and penalties on sales tax payments due to the City for 60 days).
Revenue Information Bulletin No. 20-008 (March 19, 2020). “Sales Tax, Excise Tax, Administrative Tax Return Extensions and Other Matters Related to COVID19. The purpose of this guidance is to provide filing and payment extension relief for certain taxes due on March 20, 2020, and to share other important information with our stakeholders.
The February 2020 sales tax returns and payments are due on March 20, 2020. The filing and payment deadline for the February 2020 sales tax period is extended to May 20, 2020. This is an automatic extension and no extension request is necessary. The Department will waive delinquency penalties and compromise interest associated with delinquent sales tax remittances as long as the return and payment are received by the extended due date of May 20, 2020. Taxpayers cannot utilize the Parish E-File or Sales Tax Online filing systems to take advantage of this filing and payment extension relief. Sales tax returns and payments must be submitted via LaTAP or by paper filing. All electronic filing and payment mandates contained within Title 61 of the Louisiana Administrative Code relative to sales tax are temporarily suspended. No penalties will be assessed for a taxpayer’s failure to file a sales tax return electronically or remit sales tax by electronic funds transfer. February 2020 Excise Taxes Returns – The February 2020 excise tax returns and payments for (1) Wine Shipped Direct to Consumers and (2) Louisiana State and Parish and Municipal Beer Tax are due on March 20, 2020. The filing and payment deadline for these February 2020 excise tax periods is extended to May 20, 2020. This is an automatic extension and no extension request is necessary. The Department will waive delinquency penalties and compromise interest associated with delinquent excise tax remittances as long as the return and payment are received by the extended due date of May 20, 2020.
The June 1st extension applies to certain business returns with due dates during the months of March, April and May 2020 for businesses filing sales and use tax, withholding tax, and admissions & amusement tax, as well as alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel excise taxes, tire recycling fee and bay restoration fee returns.
This emergency regulation amendment adds a new section (7) which suspends return filing and payment remittance obligations for certain vendors during the COVID-19 State of Emergency declared by the Governor. Specifically, the sales and use tax filing and payment schedule for vendors, whose cumulative sales and use tax liability in the 12-month period ending February 29, 2020 is less than $150,000, shall be as follows. Returns and payments due during the period beginning March 20, 2020 and ending May 31, 2020, inclusive, shall be suspended. All such returns and payments shall be due on June 20, 2020. This suspension does not apply to marijuana retailers as defined in M.G.L. c. 94G, § 1, marketplace facilitators or vendors selling motor vehicles. Such vendors shall continue to file returns and make payments in accordance with the rules set forth in 830 CMR 62C.16.2(3)-(6).
Small businesses scheduled to make their monthly sales, use and withholding tax payments on March 20 can postpone filing and payment requirements until April 20. Waive all penalties and interest for 30 days. The waiver is not available for accelerated sales, use or withholding tax filers.
Extend payment of sales taxes – 30-day sales and use tax grace period for businesses required to suspend or reduce services until March 27 – can pay sales taxes by April 20. Businesses need to file March return. Relief only for monthly filers. “Sales Tax Payment Extension for Eligible Businesses We are granting a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses required to suspend or reduce services under Executive Order 20-04.
New York and New York City
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Coronavirus Response Website (3/16/20). “At this time, the New York State Tax Department has not extended the deadline to file personal income tax or other tax returns. We will update this page if new information becomes available.”
New York City Department of Finance Finance (DOF) Memorandum 20-2 (3/19/20) – Business Tax Filing Extensions and the COVID-19 Outbreak. The New York City DOF recognizes that taxpayers and return preparers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak may be unable to meet certain New York City filing and payment deadlines. Therefore, DOF Commissioner Jacques Jiha is exercising his authority under the Administrative Code of the City of New York to allow for a waiver of penalties for DOF-administered business and excise taxes due between March 16, 2020, and April 25, 2020. Taxpayers may request to have the penalties waived on a late-filed extension or return, or in a separate request. If you file an extension or return or make a tax payment in accordance with these rules, you will not be subject to any late filing, late payment, or underpayment penalties. For purposes of the above filings, while late filing and late payment penalties are waived, interest, where applicable, at the appropriate underpayment rate, must be paid on all tax payments
NC DOR released an Important Notice providing penalty relief for failure to file or pay taxes due between 3/15 and 3/31 so long as filed or paid by 4/15. This does not apply to returns or payments due 4/15 at this time. The waiver is not automatic and must be requested using the regular NC DOR penalty waiver request form (NC-5500).
Ohio officials said they would mirror IRS guidance as it is updated amidst the pandemic.
Individuals – follow IRS, waive interest and penalties if good faith estimate on first quarter CAT payment due April 30.
The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) is offering more time to file returns and pay taxes due April 1, 2020 – June 1, 2020 to assist taxpayers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Tax returns and payments due April 1 – June 1 will now be due June 1, 2020. Penalty and interest will not be charged if payment is made by June 1. This includes South Carolina Individual Income Taxes, Corporate Income Taxes, Sales and Use Tax, Admissions Tax, and other taxes filed and paid with the SCDOR. The SCDOR is automatically applying this tax relief for all applicable returns and payments; you don’t need to take any additional action.
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
Washington and Seattle
Washington – Upon request, the Department will provide extensions for filing and paying tax returns (even if it is after the due date). 60 days for monthly filers, 30 days for quarterly and annual filers
Seattle – Need to request filing and payment extend quarterly and annual returns extra 30 days – to 5/15 – on request – for annual businesses, waive penalties – business and occupation tax, real estate excise tax, and other taxes, delay assessments 30 days.
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