The IRS had to delay the start of this year’s tax filing season until it completed programming changes made necessary by the late passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (signed into law on January 2, 2013).
Normally, farmers and fishermen are not required to make quarterly estimated tax payments if they file their tax return and pay taxes due by March 1 of the following year. The filing delay created by the new law meant that several tax forms needed by these taxpayers would not be ready on time.
As a result, the IRS has announced an extension of the March 1 filing deadline for farmers and fishermen to April 15. The filing extension will apply to all farmers and fishermen, not just to those who use late-released IRS forms. To qualify as a farmer or fisherman for 2012, at least two-thirds of the taxpayer’s gross income for 2011 or 2012 must have come from farming or fishing.