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Issue Number: IR-2023-174
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IRS reminder to storm victims in 3 states: File and pay by Oct. 16; most of California, parts of Alabama and Georgia affected
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded individuals and businesses in most of California and parts of Alabama and Georgia that their 2022 federal income tax returns and tax payments are due on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. The normal due date of April 18 was postponed for many residents of these states in the wake of natural disasters earlier this year.
The IRS normally provides relief, including postponing various tax filing and payment deadlines, for any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As long as their address of record is in a disaster-area locality, individual and business taxpayers automatically get the extra time, without having to ask for it.
What areas qualify for the Oct. 16 deadline?
The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.
What returns and payments qualify for the Oct. 16 deadline?
Other returns, payments and time-sensitive tax-related actions also qualify for the extra time. See the IRS disaster relief page for details.
For those planning ahead, is relief available for Hurricane Idalia and the Hawaii wildfires?
In addition, the IRS will 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 at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting with relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.
Individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred (in this instance, the 2023 return normally filed in early 2024), or the return for the prior year (that is, the 2022 return normally filed in 2023). See Publication 547 for details.
The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by these disasters and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, visit disasterassistance.gov.
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