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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has delayed the April 15 tax filing deadline to May 17, giving taxpayers an extra month to pay any PPP taxes or outstanding levies.

Small business owners were blindsided by the news that they may owe thousands or millions of dollars for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans they received last year.

A PPP loan can be forgiven as long as at least 60% has been spent on employee payroll costs. Forgiven PPP loans are tax exempt. But those who spent their PPP loans on expenses other than payroll will owe taxes on the loan.

"This extension is absolutely necessary to give Americans some needed flexibility in a time of unprecedented crisis," House Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal and Representative Bill Pascrell said in a statement Wednesday. “While we are pleased with this 30-day extension, we will continue to monitor developments during this hectic filing season."

The tax deadline extension was also necessary because IRS workers are busy processing a third round of $1,400 checks. The IRS said Wednesday it has so far sent about 90 million payments totaling $242 billion.

As of early March 2021, the IRS has been behind in the number of tax returns filed and processed, and in the number of refunds issued.

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A website launched by the Internal Revenue Service crashed as millions of eligible taxpayers logged in to track their $1,200 stimulus payments.

Millions of taxpayers flooded the tracker Get My Payment to check on the status of their stimulus payments - only to see a message saying: "Payment Status Not Available."

Frustrated taxpayers took to Twitter.com to vent their frustrations at the IRS and President Trump.

"I cried and cried," wrote one despondent taxpayer. "I've been out of work and out of money for weeks already. I don't understand. I should qualify too."

Another Twitter user slammed the IRS website as "a joke."

More than 80 million eligible taxpayers should have received their stimulus payments today, April 15.

Many are furious after they learned President Trump ordered his name to be printed on the checks -- delaying the delivery of their checks by days.

Nearly 17 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits as of April 15. The unemployment rate has reached its highest point since 1940.

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President Trump vows Americans in some states will return to work by May 1. He wants a detailed plan on reopening the country on his desk within days so he can issue suggestions for some states to reopen by May 1.

"The plans to reopen the country are close to being finalized," Trump reassured Americans on Tuesday.

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If you are eligible to receive a $1,200 stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, your check is in the mail.

The IRS has begun the process of sending out relief checks to Americans with a Social Security number who earn under $75,000 a year.

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The amount decreases by $5 per every $100 earned up to $99,000 a year. Hard working taxpayers who earn over $99,000, but still have bills to pay, won't receive a dime.

Married couples who earn less than $150,000 will receive $2,400 plus an additional $500 for each child. Single mothers will also receive an additional $500 per child.

The IRS says it will use a taxpayer's 2019 return to calculate eligibility. If you haven't filed a 2019 return, the IRS will base the calculation on your 2018 return.

Taxpayers who haven't filed a tax return in 2 years can file a "simple tax return" to receive their checks and any income tax refund owed by direct deposit or U.S. snail mail.

Congress approved President Trump's $2 trillion stimulus package to help Americans impacted financially by the coronavirus.

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President Donald Trump has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to extend the filing deadline to July 15.

Earlier, the IRS extended the payment deadline to July 15 to lessen the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the extension in a tweet on Friday. He previously denied reports that the IRS would extend the filing deadline.

"We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties."

Mnuchin encouraged taxpayers who are due refunds to file early to receive their refund checks more quickly.

President Trump signed a bill that includes sending checks ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 to every American. Mothers with children will also received an extra $500 for each child.

Hard working individual taxpayers who earned over $99,000 in 2018 will not receive a check from the government.

The Trump administration is also considering a blanket suspension of all income tax payments for the rest of the year.

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President Donald Trump is considering sending individuals and small business owners checks ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 to help lessen the financial impact of the Coronavirus on the economy.

The Trump administration seeks $850 billion for a stimulus package to stimulate the economy amid unprecedented responses to the Coronavirus outbreak in America.

The stock market, tourism and airline industries all suffered huge losses as a result of the virus hysteria.

The Trump administration will also defer payments to the IRS by pushing back the deadline for making income tax payments from April 15 to July 15.

Trump will meet with Congress to seek approval for the package, including checks for $1,000-$4,500 paid directly to all Americans except millionaires and billionaires.

"Americans need cash now," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a White House press briefing on Tuesday. "We want to make sure that Americans get money in their pocket quickly. We're looking at sending checks to Americans immediately.

"We don't need to send people who make $1 million a year checks," Mnuchin said. "We're going to preview that today and we're going to talk about details afterward."

"The president wants to put money in the economy now. If there are small business that can't make payroll, those businesses will cease to exist."

If Congress approves the stimulus package, the checks will be in the mail in April.