IRS grants more relief to Hurricane Michael and Florence victims

More Hurricane Michael and Florence victims get tax relief from the IRS. The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by FEMA as qualifying for individual assistance.

Currently, the Michael and Florence disaster areas includes parts of: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The current list of eligible localities available on the IRS’s disaster relief page at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations. Taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area, including those in other states, will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief.

Hurricane Michael, Florence victims tax relief. For Hurricane Michael victims, the relief applies to deadlines, either an original or extended due date, that occurred on or after October 7, 2018, and before February 28, 2019.

For Florence victims, the relief applies to deadlines that occurred on or after September 7, 2018, and before January 31, 2019.

Individuals and businesses in the disaster areas have additional time to: file returns, pay taxes, and perform certain other time-sensitive acts.

Taxpayers in the listed counties for both hurricanes will receive extensions automatically. The IRS will work with people located outside the counties currently listed by FEMA, who were impacted by the disaster. Finally, the IRS will be updating IRS.gov as any additional counties receive major disaster declaration designations from FEMA, either for individual or public assistance. (IRS News Release, IR-2018-202, October 16, 2018.)

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