Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON –– The IRS announced on Monday that Hurricane Harvey victims in the path of the storm will have extra time to file and pay certain individual and business taxes.

Due dates for some returns and payments will be postponed until January 31, 2018 for qualified taxpayers. 

The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as qualifying for individual assistance. As of Monday night, 18 counties were eligible, but as FEMA adds disaster areas, those taxpayers will automatically receive the same relief.

“This has been a devastating storm, and the IRS will move quickly to provide tax relief to hurricane victims,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “The IRS will continue to closely monitor the storm’s aftermath, and we anticipate providing additional relief for other affected areas in the near future.”

The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that started on or after Aug. 23, 2017. Qualified taxpayers will be able to hold off filing certain taxes until January 31, 2018. These include:

  • Quarterly estimated tax payments due Sept. 15, 2017 and Jan. 16, 2018
  • Individual 2016 income tax returns due October 16, 2017 because of an extension filed in April (any tax debt should have been paid in April, so remaining payments are not eligible for the relief)
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns due Oct. 31, 2017
  • Late-deposit penalties for federal payroll and excise tax deposits normally due on or after Aug. 23 and before Sept. 7, if the deposits are made by Sept. 7, 2017 will be waived as well.

Details on available relief can be found on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.

The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an address of record located in the disaster area. Taxpayers do not need to contact the IRS to get this relief.

In addition, the IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.

Individuals and businesses who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred (in this instance, the 2017 return normally filed next year), or the return for the prior year (2016). See Publication 547 for details.

The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by severe storms and flooding and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, visit disasterassistance.gov.

For information on government-wide efforts related to Hurricane Harvey, please visit www.usa.gov/hurricane-harvey.

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