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IRS Grants Relief to Hurricane Irene Victims

September 20th

The Internal Revenue Service announced this week that they will be granting tax filing deadlines to certain taxpayers in federally declared disaster areas. After Hurricane Irene, the states currently affected are Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Vermont, and Puerto Rico. Other areas for relief are expected to be added to the list in the coming days, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues assessing damage.

The proffered tax relief postpones certain tax filing and payment deadlines until October 31, 2011. The extension even includes those businesses and corporations who previously obtained an extension until September 15 for other reasons, as well as individuals and businesses who have already received an October 17 filing extension deadline.

This year, according to the IRS, the agency has already granted more than ten million extensions for taxpayers to file their 2010 tax returns.

Finding Out if You Qualify

Thus far, the IRS filing and payment relief only applies to certain municipalities in the states listed above. Full details of this relief offer may be found on the IRS website. State-specific web pages include information such as the start date for relief in various locations and details on how to claim a disaster loss. A qualified tax lawyer may also be able to offer insight into eligibility issues and the process of applying for relief.

Taxpayers who wish to file for an extension under this special disaster relief offer may do so by amending a prior-year tax return. This offer is part of a comprehensive, coordinated effort by the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies to provide disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Irene.


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