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IRS Disaster Relief 2015

The IRS offers tax help to those affected by natural disasters. Usually, the help is in the form of postponing deadlines for the filing of tax returns and paying of taxes, as well as removal of penalties and interest. A natural disaster that is severe enough to disrupt normal life and/or cause damage likely qualifies for IRS disaster relief.

If an affected area is declared a federal disaster area, its residents are qualified for relief. Often, automatic extension to file and/or pay is awarded to victims of natural disasters.

Wyoming – May to June, 2015 – Severe storms and flooding

Those affected by the severe storms and flooding in parts of Wyoming on and after May 24, 2015 may qualify for relief. The counties of Johnson and Niobrara have been declared federal disaster areas. The following relief has been offered to all affected areas:

  • Certain deadlines falling on or after May 24, and on or before August 31 have been postponed to August 31, 2015.
  • The IRS extended the June 15 deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments, and for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns.
  • The IRS is also waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after May 24 if the deposits were made by June 8, 2015.
  • Penalties or interest are forgiven for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the new postponed deadline.

Texas – May to June, 2015 – Severe storms, tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds

For victims of severe storms and flooding in Texas on May 4, 2015, the IRS has provided the following relief:

  • Certain deadlines falling on or after May 4, and on or before Nov. 2, have been postponed to Nov. 2, 2015. This includes the May 15 deadline for many tax-exempt organizations to file their annual Form 990. It also includes the June 15 and Sept. 15 deadlines for making quarterly estimated tax payments.
  • Many business tax deadlines are also affected, including the July 31 deadline for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns.
  • The IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after May 4 if the deposits were made by May 19, 2015.
  • Penalties or interest are forgiven for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the new postponed deadline.

Oklahoma – May to June, 2015 – Severe storms, tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds

For victims of severe storms and flooding in Oklahoma on May 5, 2015, the IRS has provided the following relief:

  • Certain deadlines falling on or after May 5, and on or before Aug. 31, have been postponed to Aug. 31, 2015. This includes the May 15 deadline for many tax-exempt organizations to file their annual Form 990. It also includes the June 15 deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments.
  • Many business tax deadlines are also affected including the July 31 deadline for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns.
  • The IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after May 5, as long as the deposits are made by May 20, 2015.
  • Penalties or interest are forgiven for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the new postponed deadline.

Arkansas – May to June, 2015 – Severe storms, tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds

For victims of severe storms and flooding in Arkansas on May 7, 2015, the IRS has provided the following relief:

  • Certain deadlines falling on or after May 7, and on or before Aug. 31, have been postponed to Aug. 31, 2015. This includes the May 15 deadline for many tax-exempt organizations to file their annual Form 990. It also includes the June 15 deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments.
  • Many business tax deadlines are also affected including the July 31 deadline for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns.
  • The IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after May 7, as long as the deposits were made by May 22, 2015.
  • Penalties or interest are forgiven for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the new postponed deadline.

Kentucky – For victims of severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides on and after April 2, 2015 in parts of Kentucky, the extended deadline expired on July 31, 2015. However, they may seek penalty abatement.