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Tax Relief and Natural Disasters

Attention: The federal filing deadline has changed from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021 for U.S. taxpayers. Some states, such as Texas, were affected by different federal disasters and have a unique deadline. The IRS has given the majority of taxpayers an additional month to prepare and file due to the current state of the country and recent changes to unemployment benefits received in 2020.
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 2020 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 2021 - January 1 - December 31, 2021

  • 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, has 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 have 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, will have 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 has 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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