ASG Treasury delays the due date for filing 2019 taxes
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the governor’s State of Emergency Declaration on the coronavirus in place, the ASG Treasury Department and Tax Office is extending the deadline for filing 2019 taxes for both individuals and companies.
April 15 is the usual date for filing your taxes, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the filing date is extended to July 15, 2020, according to ASG Treasurer Ueligitone P. Tonumaipe’a in a brief statement last week. He said the extension is to “provide relief to all taxpayers in the territory following the governor’s declaration.”
Tonumaipe’a said that taxpayers can defer income tax payments due on Apr. 15th to July 15th without penalties and interest. And this deferment applies to all taxpayers — including individuals and businesses.
He explained that taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms to qualify for the automatic extension for tax filing and payment relief. He also says that Individual taxpayers who’ll require additional time after July 15th deadline must file Form 4868 while businesses that require additional time must file Form 7004.
The ASG Treasury will issue additional guidance as needed in coordination with the Governor’s Office for further tax relief for the people of American Samoa, said Tonumaipe’a.
Meanwhile, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a Mar. 21st national news release announced that federal income tax filing for the year 2019 due date is automatically extended from April 15 to July 15. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15 to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. More details on IRS website (www.irs.gov).
ASG officials reminds local residents that it’s illegal for American Samoa tax payers to also file with the IRS in order to obtain certain federal tax credits. All local tax are filed with the ASG Tax office.