IRS Offers Tax Filing Relief to Hurricane Irma Victims in Florida, SFS Tax & Accounting Services Helps Florida Affected Taxpayers

IRS offers tax filing relief to Hurricane Irma victims in Florida, SFS Tax & Accounting Services Helps Florida Affected Taxpayers.

The Internal Revenue Service announced that Hurricane Irma victims in parts of Florida and other areas have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file some individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments.

The Florida counties noted as getting this relief are Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Johns and St.Lucie Counties.

Did you know that…. A taxpayer does not have to be located in a federally declared disaster area to be an “affected taxpayer.” Taxpayers are “affected” if records necessary to meet a filing or payment deadline postponed during the relief period are located in a covered disaster area.

IRS Definition of an Affected Taxpayer

An affected taxpayer can be:

  • An individual
  • Any business entity or sole proprietor
  • Any shareholder in an S Corporation

IRS offers tax filing relief to Hurricane Irma victims in Florida, SFS Tax & Accounting Services Helps Florida Affected Taxpayers.

As an example, I own an interest in a partnership, or I am a shareholder in an S Corporation that is located in a federally declared disaster area. However, I do not live in the disaster area myself. I rely on information (Schedule K-1) from the partnership or S Corp to file my tax return. Do I qualify as an affected taxpayer for purposes of receiving filing and payment relief?

You can If the affected partnership or S Corp cannot provide you the records necessary to file your return then you’re also an affected taxpayer. Your filing and payment deadlines are postponed until the end of the postponement period just like the affected partnership or S Corp.

To get the postponement for filing or payment, you must:

  • Call the Disaster Assistance Hotline at 1-866-562-5227
  • Explain that your necessary records are located in a covered disaster area
  • Provide the FEMA Disaster Number of the county where the affected partnership or S Corp is located
  • See Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1 and Rev. Proc. 2007-56 for a list of taxpayer acts that may be postponed in response to a federally declared disaster

Sounds complicated, doesn’t it.  You don’t have to struggle with this alone. Call Enrolled Agent, Jeffrey Schneider, EA, CTRS, NTPIF at 772-337-1040 for help.