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IRS Announces Tax Relief for NY Victims of Remnants of Hurricane Ida

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Victims of remnants of Hurricane Ida that began September 1, 2021 now have until February 15, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. Following the recent disaster declaration issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced recently that affected taxpayers in certain areas will receive tax relief. Individuals and households affected by Hurricane Ida that reside or have a business in Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain tax-filing and tax-payment deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after September 1, 2021, and before February 15, 2022, are postponed through February 15, 2022. This means that individuals who had a valid extension to file their 2020 returns, due to run out on October 15, will now have until February 15, 2022 to file. The IRS noted, however, that because tax payments related to these 2020 returns were due on May 17, 2021, those payments are not eligible for this relief.

Businesses with extensions also have the additional time including, among others, calendar-year partnerships and S corporations whose 2020 extensions run out on September 15, 2021 and calendar-year corporations whose 2020 extensions run out on October 15, 2021. The February 15, 2022, deadline applies to the quarterly estimated tax payment, normally due on September 15 and to the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on November 1, 2021. It also applies to tax exempt organizations, operating on a calendar-year basis, that had a valid extension due to run out on November 15, 2021. Also, penalties on deposits due on or after September 1, 2021, and before September 16, 2021, will be abated as long as the tax deposits were made by September 16, 2021.

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 that falls within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate the penalty. For information on services currently available, visit the IRS operations and services page at www.IRS.gov/coronavirus. The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area should call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

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