COVID-19 Tax Relief Clarification. While NC extended the time to file and pay 2019 taxes from April 15 to July 15, 2020, and waived all penalties during this period, by law, the Department of Revenue cannot waive interest, unlike the IRS. See https://1l.ink/L23BGBR

North Carolina increased the Standard Deduction for 2020: Married Filing Jointly from $20,000 to $21,500 ; Head of Household from $15,000 to $16,125; and Single or Married Filing Separately from $10,000 to $10,750. For your tax questions go to

PRESIDENT SIGNS EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR NC. FEMA is authorized to provide federal emergency aid to areas in NC affected by Hurricane Dorian. The declaration also allows taxpayers in affected areas to deduct casualty losses from Dorian on their 2018 or 2019 tax returns.

WARNING. The IRS will never contact you by phone, email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information, provide refund status, or demand payments. It is a scam. Ignore it. Question? Contact me at https://1l.ink/SRLH332

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Stephen P. Stewart, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation) is Of Counsel with the Raleigh law firm of Harris & Hilton, P.A. Stephen has practiced law in the state of North Carolina for over 25 years concentrating in the areas of business, estate and tax law. He is also admitted to practice in the state of South Carolina. If you have a business, tax or estate matter, please contact Stephen for a confidential consultation.

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