Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu called on state leaders Tuesday to extend the deadline to file property taxes in California, which is currently set for April 10.

Earlier this month, the federal Internal Revenue Service extended the deadline for filing tax returns to July 15, and Ryu sent a letter to state representatives to extend the California property tax filing deadline to that date.

“When this crisis is behind us and we seek to rebuild our state’s economy, we would be in a much better position to do so with individuals and communities who aren’t buried in debt or insolvency,” Ryu said. “Protecting folks from this pandemic includes doing all we can to meet their new economic reality and mitigate the economic impacts as much as possible.”

The letter was sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom as well as state Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, the chair of the state Senate’s Governance and Finance Committee, and Assemblymember Autumn Burke, D-Marina del Rey, chair of the state Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.

Once the state Legislature reconvenes, Ryu is asking leaders to consider extending the deadline even further and to establish more protections and support for taxpayers.

“We know that this crisis will be tough on our state’s budget,” Ryu said. “But we must remember that California’s incredible economy is driven by working Californians, and we must first start with protecting their financial solvency.”

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