Tax Relief and Natural Disasters

The federal filing deadline for 2021 Returns is April 18, 2022 for U.S. taxpayers. Throughout the year, some states may be affected by different federal disasters and receive a unique deadline. This page will have these updates as issued by the IRS.
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 e-File your 2021 Tax Return on eFile.com, your return is submitted to the IRS quickly. Here are stimulus check related updates.

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Tax Return Filing Deadlines

Below are tax return filing and tax payment deadlines that the IRS has changed due to natural disasters that have occurred.

Tax Season 2022: January 1 - December 31, 2022

  • Residents of part of Alaska were given an extended deadline to file 2021 Taxes from October 17, 2022 to February 15, 2023. This applies to victims of storms and floods that took place in mid-September of 2022.
  • Residents or Puerto Rico were given an extended deadline to file 2021 Taxes by February 15. 2023 due to Hurricane Fiona.
  • Victims of the Mississippi water crises which began in late August have until February 15, 2023 to file individual and business returns for 2021 as well as make 2022 estimated tax payments. These include residents and businesses in Hinds County.
  • Kentucky and Missouri residents affected by the late July/early August storms and floods have an extended deadline from October 17, 2022 to November 15, 2022 to file 2021 Taxes. This includes individuals and businesses in St. Louis, Montgomery, St. Charles, and other St. Louis counties and affected residents of Missouri. This also applies to quarterly estimated taxes that would normally be due on September 15, 2022.
  • Colorado residents who were victims of the Colorado wildfires that took place in early January had until May 16, 2022 to file various tax returns. This includes 2021 Tax Returns normally due on April 18, 2022 and 2021 quarterly estimated tax payments due January 18 and April 18, 2022. Or, skip the estimated payment and simply pay it with your tax return.
  • Victims of the mid-December tornadoes, storms, and flooding in Kentucky had until May 16, 2022 to file their 2021 Taxes normally due April 18, 2022. This applies to other tax deadlines around this time, such as skipping the fourth quarterly estimated payment normally due January 15.

Tax Season 2021: January 1 - December 31, 2021

  • Wildfire victims in certain parts of California had an extended deadline until January 3, 2022 to file their 2020 Returns.
  • Extended federal deadline for taxpayers in New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, all of Mississippi, and parts of Connecticut affected by Hurricane Ida that began on August 26, 2021. The deadline for federal returns had been extended to January 3, 2022 to file 2020 Tax Returns for these states only. If a resident these states filed a tax extension, giving them a new deadline of October 15, 2021, they are also given the further extended date until January 3, 2022. Additionally, quarterly estimated payments for Tax Year 2021 normally due September 15 will now be due by the new deadline.
  • Deadline extension for victims of Hurricane Ida had been established by the IRS. Residents of parts of Mississippi had until November 13, 2021 to file 2020 Tax Returns which was extended to January 3, 2022.
    • Victims of Hurricane Ida may have had a further extended deadline to February 15, 2022: residents of Louisiana and Mississippi are eligible for this relief as well as residents of certain parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
  • Tax relief for February winter storms in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The deadline to file individual and/or business tax returns, as well as make payments for due tax, had been extended to June 15, 2021, by the IRS. This applies to 2020 IRA contributions, quarterly estimated tax payments originally due April 15, 2021, and quarterly payroll and excise tax returns which are normally due April 30, 2021.
  • Storms, flooding, and landslides in Kentucky began February 27, 2021; those affected had until June 30, 2021 to file individual and business income tax returns and make tax payments. 
  • Victims of storms, extreme winds, and tornadoes from March 25, 2021, had until August 2021 to file income and business tax returns. These are those who faced inclement weather in the state of Alabama; specifically, in these counties: Bibb, Calhoun, Clay, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, and Shelby. This gives an extended date to file returns as well as make estimated tax payments typically due April 15 and the second payment usually due June 15. 
  • Extended deadline due to Spring 2021 storms and tornadoes in Tennessee. The IRS had given those affected until August 2, 2021 to file individual and business tax returns as well as make tax payments. The storms, tornadoes, and flooding took place between March 25 and April 3, 2021, in various parts of Tennessee. 

Tax Season 2020: January 1 - December 31, 2020

The following deadline extensions apply to Tax Season 2020 and are no longer in effect. These are only to be referenced for previous year returns or back taxes:

  • Tax relief for Hurricane Delta victims  
  • Tax relief for September California wildfire victims
  • Tax relief for victims of September wildfires in California; October 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 15. 2021
  • Internal Revenue Service - IRS provides tax relief for victims of Hurricane Delta; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Feb. 16, 2021
  • IRS announces tax relief for Hurricane Sally victims in Florida
  • IRS provides tax relief for victims of Hurricane Sally; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 15
  • IRS announces tax relief for Hurricane Sally victims. IRS provides tax relief for victims of Oregon wildfires; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 15, 2021
  • Tax relief for Oregon wildfires and straight-line winds victims
  • Tax relief for Tropical Storm Isaias victims in Puerto Rico
  • Tax relief for Hurricane Laura victims
  • Tax relief for victims of Hurricane Laura; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Dec. 31, 2020
  • Tax relief for California wildfire victims
  • Tax relief for Iowa derecho victims
  • Tax relief for victims of Iowa derecho; extends Oct. 15, other upcoming deadlines to Dec. 15, 2020
  • Tax relief for victims of California wildfires; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Dec. 15
  • Tax relief for Utah earthquake victims
  • Tax relief for Michigan severe storm victims
  • Tax relief for South Carolina victims of severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds
  • Tax relief for Tennessee victims of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding
  • IRS announces tax relief for Mississippi victims of tornadoes, severe storms, flooding and straight-line winds
  • IRS extends July 15, other upcoming deadlines for tornado victims in parts of the South; provides other relief
  • IRS announces tax relief for Oregon victims of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides
  • IRS announces tax relief for Tennessee victims of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding
  • IRS extends April 15 and other upcoming deadlines, provides other tax relief for victims of Tennessee tornadoes
  • IRS announces tax relief for victims of earthquakes in Puerto Rico

Oregon Wildfires

The IRS extended tax payment and tax return filing deadlines to victims of the Oregon wildfires and straight line winds to January 15, 2021 for the following counties: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion.

The Jan. 15, 2021 deadline also applied to quarterly estimated tax payments that were due on 9/15/2020.

Hurricane Laura

The tax return and payment deadline was extended to December 31, 2020 in the following parishes in Louisiana

Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vernon

California Wildfires

The IRS extended the deadline for filing returns and submitting tax payments to December 15 in the following California counties: Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.

Iowa Derecho Storm

The IRS extended the tax return and payment deadline to December 15, 2020 in Linn County, Iowa.

Tornados, Severe Storms, and Flooding in the South

The IRS extended the deadline to October 15, 2020 in the following states and counties: 

  • Mississippi: Clarke, Covington, Grenada, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Panola, and Walthall 
  • Tennessee: Bradley and Hamilton 
  • South Carolina: Aiken, Barnwell, Berkeley, Colleton, Hampton, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg, and Pickens.

Oregon Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides

The IRS extended the deadline to July 15, 2020 for Oregon taxpayers living in Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Tennessee Severe Storms and Flooding

The IRS extended the deadline to July 15, 2020 (however this has now passed) in the following Tennessee counties: Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson. 

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

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