The Alabama Department of Revenue expects to delay the April 15 tax payment deadline for state tax filers, but is waiting for direction from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

“We will follow suit with whatever the IRS does,” Amanda Collier, an Department of Revenue communications specialist, told Alabama Daily News on Monday.

Last week, President Donald Trump said he would use his emergency authority to allow individual taxpayers and businesses to defer paying their taxes by next month’s deadline if they have suffered adverse effects from the spreading virus.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters the delay would cover “virtually all Americans other than the super-rich,” the Associated Press reported.

Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, who chairs the Education Ways and Means Committee in the Senate, said he spoke with state officials last week.

“They are very much aware of the need to extend the filing deadline, but are waiting for the feds to set a date,” Orr said.

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