Tax Return Filing Deadline Relief For Natural Disaster Victims
What happens when a tax deadline falls right around the time of a natural disaster? The IRS doesn't expect you to scramble to make the filing deadline anyway, does it? What if your tax records are destroyed? What if you owe taxes and your funds have gone to temporarily relocate your family?
Thankfully, the IRS provides tax relief for victims of federally declared disasters. If you reside in a state that has been struck by a hurricane, flood, wildfire, earthquake, or other disaster, you may qualify for special tax relief. IRS tax relief for disaster victims generally takes the form of extended deadlines to file your return. The IRS also frequently extends tax payment deadlines for disaster victims.
Tax Relief and Tax Deadline Extension Information for Tax Year 2017
Below are the natural disasters that qualify for 2017 tax return and payment deadline extensions. They apply to taxpayers living or working in a location the IRS declares as a disaster area, as well as those who need to submit quarterly estimated taxes by April 18 or filed an extension on or by April 18.
Tax Relief for Hawaii Flooding, Landslide, and Severe Storm Victims
The IRS extended the deadline to August 15, 2018 in the following Hawaii counties:
- Honolulu (includes city)
Tax Relief for North Carolina Tornado and Severe Storm Victims
The IRS extended the deadline to August 15, 2018 in the following North Carolina counties:
Tax Relief for Indiana Flooding and Severe Storm Victims
The IRS extended the deadline to June 29, 2018 in these areas of Indiana:
- St. Joseph
Tax Relief for Alabama Tornado and Severe Storm Victims
The IRS extended the deadline to July 21, 2018 for these Alabama counties:
Tax Relief for American Samoa Tropical Storm Victims
The IRS extended the deadline to June 29, 2018 for taxpayers living or working in the U.S. territory American Samoa.
How Do I Prepare My Tax Records for a Disaster?
The IRS recommends that in order to prepare for a possible disaster, you should make an electronic backup of all tax-related documents. It is best to store this electronic set of records in a different location than the originals.
When you prepare and efile your tax return on efile.com, you will have 24-hour, 7 days a week access to tax return copies.
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Can I Deduct Any Uninsured or Unreimbursed Disaster Related Losses from My Taxes?
You can claim them as tax deductions on the tax return for the year the loss occurred or the return for the prior year.
Where Can I Find More Tax Relief and Tax Deadline Extension Information?
Find the most recent IRS disaster relief announcements on the IRS website by clicking the button below.
IRS Disaster Relief Announcements