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Tax Return 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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2017 Tax Return and Payment Extensions

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, those who need to submit quarterly estimated taxes by April 18, or filed an extension on or by April 18.

Hurricane Michael 

The IRS extended the deadline to February 28, 2019 in the following Florida counties: 

  • Bay
  • Calhoun
  • Franklin
  • Gadsden
  • Gulf
  • Hamilton
  • Holmes
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Leon
  • Liberty
  • Madison
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Wakulla
  • Washington 

The deadline also applies to these Georgia counties:

  • Baker
  • Bleckley
  • Burke
  • Calhoun
  • Colquitt
  • Crisp
  • Decatur
  • Dodge
  • Dooly
  • Dougherty
  • Early
  • Emanuel
  • Grady
  • Houston
  • Jefferson
  • Jenkins
  • Johnson
  • Laurens
  • Lee
  • Macon
  • Miller
  • Mitchell
  • Pulaski
  • Seminole
  • Sumter
  • Terrell
  • Thomas
  • Treutlen
  • Turner
  • Wilcox
  • Worth 

Hurricane Florence

The IRS extended the deadline to January 31, 2019 in the following North Carolina counties:

  • Allegany
  • Anson
  • Ashe
  • Beaufort
  • Bladen
  • Brunswick
  • Cabarrus
  • Carteret
  • Chatham
  • Columbus
  • Craven
  • Cumberland
  • Dare
  • Duplin
  • Granville
  • Greene
  • Harnett
  • Hoke
  • Hyde
  • Johnston
  • Jones
  • Lee
  • Lenoir
  • Montgomery
  • Moore
  • New Hanover
  • Onslow
  • Orange
  • Pamlico
  • Pender
  • Person
  • Pitt
  • Randolph
  • Richmond
  • Robeson
  • Sampson
  • Scotland
  • Stanly
  • Union
  • Wayne
  • Wilson
  • Yancey

The deadline also applies to these South Carolina counties:

  • Berkeley
  • Charleston
  • Chesterfield
  • Darlington
  • Dillon
  • Dorchester
  • Florence
  • Georgetown
  • Horry
  • Marion
  • Marlboro
  • Orangeburg
  • Sumter
  • Williamsburg.

The following Virginia counties also qualify for the deadline:

  • Henry
  • King and Queen
  • Lancaster
  • Nelson
  • Patrick
  • Pittsylvania
  • Russell

as well as these independent cities:

  • Newport News
  • Richmond
  • Williamsburg 

California Wildfires and High Winds 

The IRS extended the deadline to November 30, 2018 in the following California counties:

  • Lake
  • Shasta

Hawaii Floodings, Landslides, and Severe Storms 

The IRS extended the deadline to August 15, 2018 in the following Hawaii counties:

  • Honolulu (includes city)
  • Kauai

North Carolina Tornados and Severe Storms

The IRS extended the deadline to August 15, 2018 in the following North Carolina counties: 

  • Guilford
  • Rockingham

Indiana Floodings and Severe Storms

The IRS extended the deadline to June 29, 2018 in these areas of Indiana

  • Carroll
  • Clark
  • Dearborn
  • Elkhart
  • Floyd
  • Fulton
  • Harrison
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Kosciusko
  • Lake
  • LaPorte
  • Marshall
  • Ohio
  • Porter
  • Pulaski
  • Spencer
  • Starke
  • St. Joseph
  • Switzerland
  • Vanderburgh
  • White

Alabama Tornados and Severe Storms

The IRS extended the deadline to July 21, 2018 for these Alabama counties:  

  • Calhoun
  • Cullman
  • Etowah 

American Samoa Tropical Storms

The IRS extended the deadline to June 29, 2018 for taxpayers living or working in the U.S. territory American Samoa.

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. 

More Tax Relief and Tax Deadline Extension Information

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