IRS Extends Deadlines for Victims of Hurricane Michael

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IRS Extends Deadlines for Victims of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael victims in parts of Florida and elsewhere now have until Feb. 28 to file certain individual and business returns and make certain tax payments.

Individuals who reside or have a business in Bay, Franklin, Gulf, Taylor and Wakulla Counties may qualify for tax relief. Taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area, including those in other states, will automatically receive the same relief. If you need assistance, contact your enrolled agent to clarify any questions you have or issues you need help resolving. The IRS offers this relief to any major disaster declaration area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as qualifying for either individual or public assistance.

The relief postpones various filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Oct. 7. This also means individuals who had a valid extension to file their 2017 return due to run out on Oct. 15 now have until Feb. 28. (Payments related to these 2017 returns were due on April 18, 2018, and are ineligible for this relief.)

The Feb. 28 deadline applies to:

  • Quarterly estimated income tax payments due on Jan. 15
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31 and Jan. 31
  • Tax-exempt organizations operating on a calendar-year basis that had a valid extension due to run out on Nov. 15.

Businesses with extensions also have additional time including, among others, calendar-year corporations whose 2017 extensions run out on Oct. 15.

Taxpayers don’t need to contact the IRS to get this relief. If an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should reach out to their enrolled agent, or Jeffrey A. Schneider, EA, CTRS, NPTIF to have the penalty abated.

The IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to promptly contact their enrolled agent. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities that are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.

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Also, don’t forget what we mentioned last week about being alert for scams related to natural disasters.

If you need an expert tax resolution professional, reach out to us and we’ll schedule a no-obligation confidential consultation. Jeffrey Schneider, EA, CTRS, NPTIF will explain your options and be there every step of the way.

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