If you have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Irma, the IRS has extended your tax deadlines. Learn who this applies to and how to know if you’re eligible.

Tax Deadline Extension for Hurricane Victims

When a major disaster occurs, the IRS normally tries to help the victims out by extending tax deadlines. After all, no one wants to have to worry about making estimated tax payments when their home is underwater.

The IRS has done this for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. If you live in one of the Texas or Florida counties declared a federal disaster area, you now have until January 31, 2018 to file and pay most of their taxes.

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This includes paying third and fourth quarter estimated taxes, funding retirement plans, and taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement plans for 2017. Taxpayers who obtained an extension to file their 2016 tax returns to October 15, 2017, now have until January 31, 2018

Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31, 2017 also aren’t due until January 31, 2018. The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and automatically applies the extended deadline.

If you’ve been impact but don’t live in the disaster areas you may still apply. You’ll have to call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request the tax relief.

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Stephen Fishman

Stephen Fishman

Stephen Fishman is a self-employed tax expert and regular contributor to MileIQ. He has dedicated his career as an attorney and author to writing useful, authoritative and recognized guides on taxes and business law for entrepreneurs, independent contractors, freelancers and other self-employed people. He is the author of over 20 books and hundreds of articles, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. Visit Fishman Law and Tax Files for more information on his work.
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