September 13, 2017
We hope that the beaches community will recover quickly from the impacts of Hurricane Irma. Please note that if we are working on a return or other project for you with a Sept. 15 or Oct. 15 deadline, we will contact you as soon as possible.
In addition, please note the following information about IRS tax relief offered to those affected by Hurricane Irma:
The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as qualifying for individual assistance. Parts of Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are currently eligible, but taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area, including those in other states, will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief.
The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Thus, taxpayers need not contact the IRS to get this relief. However, 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 call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.
The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov. The disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for the additional time. The IRS has also stated that it will continue to closely monitor the storm's aftermath and will likely provide additional relief for other affected areas in the near future.
The IRS will also 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. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.
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