Filing Deadline Relief For Natural Disaster Victims

Tax Relief for Natural Disasters

When a tax deadline falls around the time of a natural disaster, the IRS provides tax relief to 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 extended deadlines to file your return and submit your payments. When you prepare and efile your tax return on efile.com, your return is submitted to the IRS quickly. Click the button below to start for free: 

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2018 Tax Return and Payment Extensions

Below are the natural disasters that qualify for 2018 tax return and payment deadline extensions. They apply to taxpayers living or working in a location the IRS declares as a disaster area, those who need to submit quarterly estimated taxes by April 15, 2019 or filed an extension on or by April 15, 2019.

Topical Storm Imelda

The IRS extended the deadline to January 31, 2020 in the following Texas counties:

  • Chambers
  • Harris
  • Jefferson
  • Liberty
  • Montgomery
  • Orange

This deadline only applies to taxpayers who filed an extension on or by April 15, 2019 and their original tax return filing deadline was October 15, 2019. Tax payments that were due on April 15, 2019 do not qualify for the extended deadline. 

Oklahoma Severe Storms, Tornados, Straight-Line Winds, and Flooding

The IRS extended the deadline to September 16, 2019 in the following counties:

  • Muskogee
  • Tulsa
  • Wagoner

Iowa Severe Storms and Flooding

The IRS extended the deadline to July 31, 2019 in the following counties:

  • Fremont
  • Harrison
  • Louisa
  • Mills
  • Monona
  • Pottawattamie
  • Scott
  • Shelby
  • Woodbury

Nebraska Winter Storms, Straight-Line Winds, and Flooding

The IRS extended the deadline to July 31, 2019 in the following counties: 

  • Antelope
  • Boone
  • Boyd
  • Buffalo
  • Butler
  • Burt
  • Cass
  • Colfax
  • Cuming
  • Custer
  • Dodge
  • Douglas
  • Hall
  • Howard
  • Knox
  • Madison
  • Nance
  • Nemaha
  • Pierce
  • Platte
  • Richardson
  • Saline
  • Sarpy
  • Saunders
  • Stanton
  • Thurston
  • Washington counties

The Santee Sioux Nation also qualifies for the extended tax return filing deadline. 

Alabama Tornados, Severe Storms, and Straight-Line Winds

The IRS extended the deadline to July 31, 2019 in Lee County. 

How to Prepare Tax Records for a Natural Disaster

The IRS recommends completing these tax tasks to prepare for a federally declared disaster: 

  • Keep original copies of tax-related documents (W-2s, previous tax returns, bank statements, etc.) in waterproof containers and in a safe place. If you do not have copies of your returns, you may obtain tax return copies or tax return transcripts from the IRS. If you prepare and efile your return on efile.com, you will have 24-hour, 7 days a week access to a PDF copy of your return.
  • Make an electronic backup of your tax documents. You may need to store this electronic set of records in a different location than the originals.
  • Take photographs or videos of valuables items in case they get damaged. You can use the photos or videos as documentation when claiming uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related loss tax deductions on your tax return. 

Find the most recent IRS disaster relief announcements on the IRS website.