CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE: INFORMATION FOR TAXPAYERS

The Vermont Department of Taxes continues to carefully monitor the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working closely with the office of Governor Phil Scott, following changes at the federal level, and adhering to guidance from the Vermont Department Health.

 

To maintain the safety of our employees while still fulfilling our mission to Vermonters most of our Department's workforce has transitioned to working remotely.

In addition to moving the deadline for filing Vermont income tax from April 15 to July 15, the Department will provide relief to businesses owing Meals and Rooms Tax and Sales and Use Tax by foregoing any penalty or interest for those who are not able to meet the March 25 or April 25 deadlines. – Commissioner Craig Bolio

This page will be updated as new information is available. For up-to-date information on how the state of Vermont is responding to COVID-19, please go to the Vermont Department of Health’s website http://healthvermont.gov/covid.

Meals and Rooms Tax and Sales and Use Tax

The Department will provide temporary relief to Vermont businesses who owe Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Businesses that are unable to meet the March 25 and April 25 filing deadlines will not be charged any penalty or interest for late submissions. Business who can meet the deadlines for filing and payment should continue to do so.

It is important to note this is not an abatement of the tax collected. The Commissioner of Taxes does not have the authority to provide an abatement of these taxes once they have been collected. This is also not a cancellation of these taxes moving forward. Therefore, businesses must continue to collect Meals and Rooms and Sales and Use Taxes as they normally would.

The Department is working closely with the Vermont Legislature to determine our next step in this challenging and unprecedented time. Please continue to check this website for updates.

Read our Press Release regarding extended deadlines.

Gov. Scott has temporarily suspended lodging operations and reservations in Vermont until further notice. For more information, visit our industry guidance page under Accommodations.

Upcoming Due Dates, Extended

Income Tax

On March 21, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. The Vermont income tax filing due dates for the following taxes have also been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020:

  • Vermont personal income tax

  • Vermont Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Credit Claims

  • Corporate income tax

  • Fiduciary income tax​

Estimated Income Tax
The personal income estimated tax due for the first quarter on April 15 may be filed and paid on July 15. The estimated tax due for the second quarter must be filed and paid on June 15 as usual.

Taxpayers may file and pay these taxes before July 15, 2020, without penalty or interest.

Although the due date for filing has moved from April 15 to July 15, taxpayers who are able to file now are encouraged to do so, especially those who are expecting a refund. The Department remains able to process to returns and refunds in order to get money back into taxpayers’ hands as soon as possible. – Commissioner Bolio

Economic Impact [Stimulus] Payments

Important Information for Those Who Are Not Required to File Tax Returns

On March 31, the IRS announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. For additional information please click the green button below.

For additional information see the IRS website

Scams Related to Federal Economic Impact Stimulus Payments

Scammers are coming up with new ways to steal your information and your money. The IRS is seeing a significant increase in criminals trying to gather information needed for the stimulus payments. Both individual citizens and tax preparers are being targeted.

The messaging from these fraudsters includes variations of language such as "in order to receive your/your client's stimulus payment via direct deposit, we need you to confirm the banking information." In this way, they are gathering personal information via telephone or directing victims to click on a link that takes them to a fake website where they enter their banking information.

It is important to always remember that neither the Vermont Department of Taxes nor the IRS will call, text, or email you to verify your banking information for stimulus payments.

If you receive such a call, text, or email please following the following guidelines:

  • If you receive a phone call, don’t talk with them. Hang up!
  • If you receive a text or email, don’t click the link. Hit delete!
     

The Vermont Department of Taxes has created a Fact Sheet and Poster to keep Vermonters informed.

See additional information and guidance, including how to report such scams, provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Vermonters may also report such scams to the Vermont Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program at UVM by calling 800-649-2424 or by email to AGO.CAP@vermont.gov.

Protecting the Public and Our Employees

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Vermont Department of Taxes is taking extra steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the public and our staff, while ensuring the timely continuation of the processing of tax returns and service provided for all taxpayers during this trying period.

Department Offices Temporarily Closed to the Public

In addition to providing our employees with the tools required to work remotely and encouraging Vermonters to communicate with the Department electronically, to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, the Department’s offices at 133 State Street in Montpelier are temporarily closed to the general public. Although our building is temporarily restricted to the public, please be assured that the Vermont Department of Taxes is continuing to process tax returns and refunds for Vermonters.

For information about new Grievance Hearing protocols, please see the Grievance Hearing Procedures for 2020 as Recommended by PVR

Best Way to Contact Us: Send a Secure Message

To help slow the rate of transmission and protect our Vermont communities, we are transitioning to a remote workforce. To help us reach that goal, we are asking that you email us rather than call us.

In-Person Tax Preparation Services are Closed

With non-essential businesses closed until further notice, professional tax preparers are generally unavailable for in-person tax preparation.

All in-person free tax preparation program sites in Vermont operated through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, IRS Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are also closed until further notice. For the most up-to-date information on the status of free tax assistance, visit the IRS and AARP websites.

However, those wishing to file their tax returns still have options.

  • If you are able to work with your tax preparer remotely, the Department encourages you to do so.
  • If you are able to prepare your returns without the assistance of a professional preparer, our electronic filing and online services, discussed below, may help.
  • For additional Stay Safe Stay Home Sector-Specific Guidance, including Financial, Legal and Professional Services providing limited in-person services, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s website.

Electronic Filing and Online Services are Available

We encourage you to file electronically and use our online services whenever possible. Here is a list of available services:

  • Free File
    Eligible taxpayers in Vermont may use Free File to electronically file both federal and state personal income taxes.
  • myVTax
    File your Homestead Declaration, Property Tax Credit Claim, and Renter Rebate Claim on the Department’s online portal. You may also check your filing and refund status, respond to correspondence, make payments, and more.

See all myVTax Services and Features

Find fact sheets and other guidance

Hours and Days of Operation

Taxpayer Services Division (personal income tax, business and corporate income taxes, business taxes, real estate, miscellaneous taxes) are available to answer phone calls and emails Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 7:45 am-4:30 pm.

Compliance and Property Valuation and Review divisions are available to answer phone calls and emails Monday to Friday, 7:45 am-4:30 pm.

Rescheduled Training and Events

Federal Tax Guidance

  • Internal Revenue Services (IRS) https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
    Please visit the IRS website for any new information as it relates to or impacts federal taxes.

News Releases

Other Resources