Jul 11, 2012

Tax Relief for Victims of Tropical Storm Debby in Florida

Victims of tropical storm Debby that began on June 23, 2012, in parts of Florida may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

The President has declared Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee and Wakulla counties a federal disaster area. Individuals who reside or have a business in this county may qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after June 23 and on or before Aug. 22 have been postponed to Aug. 22, 2012.

In addition, the IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after June 23 and on or before July 9 as long as the deposits are made by July 9, 2012.

If an affected taxpayer receives a penalty notice from the IRS, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate any interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. Penalties or interest will be abated only for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date, including an extended filing or payment due date, that falls within the postponement period.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

1 comment:

Mike Bishop7 said...

This sounds like great news for those victims.I came across your article while I was online researching tax debt relief and I'm happy I did because this was a very informative read. Thank you for sharing with us.