Delay in 2019 tax filing date means deadline for 2019 IRA contributions also extended

Advisers need to watch for administrative errors on the part of financial institutions, though

Now that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has extended the 2019 tax filing date to July 15, the deadline for making a 2019 contribution to an individual retirement account or Roth IRA is automatically extended to July 15. Normally there is no extension for making a prior year IRA contribution beyond the April 15 filing date for that year’s tax return, even if the IRA owner files for an extension.

This will be extremely helpful. Many people make prior year IRA contributions at the last minute, even in normal times. Given the current dire circumstances, it might be tough to get those checks into IRAs if advisers’ offices are either closed or working with skeleton crews.

One administrative issue

If you have clients who will be making 2019 IRA or Roth IRA contributions after April 15 (but by July 15), make absolutely certain that the contribution is earmarked for 2019. Some financial institutions may have systems in place to code any IRA contribution made after April 15, 2020, as a 2020 IRA contribution. Watch out for this for your clients. Make sure clients mark their checks as 2019 IRA contributions.

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