Iowa Small Business Relief Tax Deferral Program still accepting applications

Wednesday - 04/08/2020

On March 23, Governor Kim Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program to support the state’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offered small business relief grants, administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. It also offered businesses a tax deferral of sales and/or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest, administered by the Iowa Department of Revenue.

“The Department of Revenue continues to take applications for tax deferrals,” said Director Kraig Paulsen. The tax deferral is available to employers and businesses of all sizes impacted by COVID-19. The Department expects to keep the application process open through April 30. Information about the program and the application is located at, including answers to frequently asked questions.

The Department has received more than 5,700 tax deferral applications and will review each application to determine deferral eligibility. It expects to approve 2,300 applications this week -- and notify the applicants by mail. Review will continue until all applications have been vetted.

For any sales and/or withholding tax filing due during the period beginning March 20, 2020, through the close of business on April 30, 2020, the tax deferral provides an additional 60 days from the original due date to file your tax return and remit your tax payment. Penalty associated with sales and/or withholding tax filings due during the period beginning March 20, 2020, through close of business on April 30, 2020, will be waived. Interest is waived for 60 days from the date your tax return was due. If a payment has not been made within those 60 days, interest will begin to accrue on the outstanding balance due on the first day of the calendar month after the 60th day.


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