Tax Relief Extended for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Internal Revenue Service announced additional tax relief to affected individuals and businesses, further extending tax deadlines until April 1 for the following FEMA-designated counties:

  1. In New Jersey (starting October 26): Monmouth and Ocean counties.
  2. In New York (starting October 27): Nassau, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk Counties.

In addition, the IRS will work with any taxpayer who resides outside the disaster area but whose books, records or tax professional are located in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. All workers assisting the relief activities in the covered disaster areas who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization are eligible for relief.

This tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting in late October. As a result, affected individuals and businesses have until April 1, 2013, to file these returns and pay any taxes due. This includes the fourth quarter individual estimated tax payment, normally due January 15, 2013. It also includes payroll and excise tax returns and accompanying payments for the third and fourth quarters, normally due on October 31, 2012 and January 31, 2013 respectively, and calendar year corporate income tax returns due March 15. Tax-exempt organizations required to file Form 990 series returns with an original or extended deadline falling during this period also qualify for this tax relief.

The IRS will abate any interest, late-payment or late-filing penalty that would otherwise apply to any taxpayer located in the disaster area.

Contact us today if you're a taxpayer living outside of the impacted area and think you may qualify for this relief.