Tax Return Due Dates May Change

TAXAs the Tax Extenders bill languishes in Congress, another band-aid bill, the short term extension of the mass transit and highway funding bill, quickly made its way through the red tape. The bill was introduced in the House on July 28, 2105 and passed on July 29, 2015. The bill passed in the Senate without amendment on July 30, 2015, before heading to the President for signature on July 31, 2015.

The purpose of the bill, referred to as the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, was to grant additional infrastructure spending. Transportation funds were slated to run out on Friday but were extended, as a result of the new law, through October 29, 2015. Failed ideas for boosting funding ranged from raising the gas tax to selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; the eventual result was a short term spending bill.

With highway transportation expenses as the focus of the bill, it, of course, made sense that Congress would take advantage of the opportunity to change many tax return due dates, tax extension lengths and statutes of limitations. Okay, maybe it didn?t make sense. But Congress did it anyway. Tucked into the new law are a number of significant revenue provisions. Here are the highlights (in the order they appear):

Modification of Mortgage Reporting Requirements. Section 6050H of the Tax Code is amended to require new information on forms 1098 (you?ll recognize these as the forms lenders are required to send to borrowers who pay more than $600 in mortgage interest in a tax year). Those forms will now be required to report the amount of the outstanding principal on the mortgage at the beginning of the calendar year, the date the mortgage originated, and the address of the property securing the mortgage. These changes will show up in 2017: the due date applies to statements furnished after December 31, 2016.

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