This past week, Uncle Sam gave Americans a welcome break by extending the 2021 tax filing deadline, and now Minnesota is doing the same.
On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced a grace period allowing taxpayers to file their Minnesota Individual Income Tax return by May 17, instead of on the usual April 15.
This follows a similar move by the IRS, which has also pushed back its filing deadline to May 17.
“This grace period for the individual tax filing and payment deadline provides timely relief to Minnesota families,” said Governor Tim Walz. “As we work to get through the COVID-19 pandemic together, my Administration will do everything we can to ease the burden on Minnesotans.”
The department notes that you don't have to wait until May 17 to file; if you want to get it out of the way on April 15 like every year, you're encouraged to do so.
(It also helps the state process your return faster, of course)
The only thing the grace period doesn't cover is individual estimated tax payments, which are penalties that result from someone having underpaid their taxes.
As the release notes, the move to extend the deadline is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the same reason the federal government extended theirs — both this year and last year.