Handling Harvey: IRS Tax Relief

IRS 8.31.17Taxpayers who have a valid extension until October 15, 2017 to file income tax returns and who live in the covered Texas disaster area may be helped by the IRS extending the filing periods.

IRS announced certain relief from deadlines relating to filing and certain tax deposits for Hurricane Harvey victims. The IRS action covers filings that were due or matters that occurred on or after August 23, 2017(1). Returns for tax payers who have valid filing extensions in the affected Texas Counties have filing deadlines extended again until January 31, 2018. The extensions for eligible taxpayers also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments originally due on Sept. 15, 2017 and Jan. 16, 2018, and the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31, 2017. In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after Aug. 23, 2017, and before Sept. 7, 2017, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by Sept. 7, 2017.

Generally, the persons eligible for this relief include individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in the covered disaster area. The returns eligible include individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; and employment and certain excise tax returns), that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after Aug. 23, 2017, and before Jan. 31, 2018. Affected taxpayers that have an estimated income tax payment originally due on or after Aug. 23, 2017, and before Jan. 31, 2018, will not be subject to penalties for failure to pay estimated tax installments as long as such payments are paid on or before Jan. 31, 2018.

Additionally affected taxpayers in the federally declared disaster area have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return for either the year in which the event occurred, or the prior year.
Each taxpayer has unique and different facts specific to his or her situation and generalizations should not be made. There may be other inclusions or limitations and individuals should see their tax advisor or return preparer for information relating to their specific situation and if and how this IRS relief may apply to them.

(1) The Texas counties in which taxpayers may be eligible for relief include Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Jackson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, and Wharton Counties Colorado, Fayette, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Sabine, San Jacinto and Waller Counties.

For additional information on IRS breaks or how this many affect your individual taxes, please visit the IRS disaster relief website

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