The IRS always offers relief to taxpayers hit by tragedies, and recently announced tax relief for taxpayers living in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, and other counties affected by the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. Taxpayers in these areas will get a three-month tax filing and payment extension. The IRS will not charge any filing and payment penalties until July 15, 2013. Interest on any taxes paid after the usual deadline of April 15, 2013, will be charged in accordance with the law.
Victims of the bombings, their families, first responders, and tax preparers affected by the incident can pay their taxes for 2013 until July 15 without incurring penalties for late payment or late-filing. Those eligible for the relief will receive a notice from the IRS informing them about the delayed filing and payment dates.
“Our hearts go out to the people affected by this tragic event,” said IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller. “We want victims and others affected by this terrible tragedy to have the time they need to finish their individual tax returns.”
Those living in Suffolk County do not need to take further action to use this relief. The IRS automatically provides this extension to all residents of Suffolk County. Those living outside the county, but eligible for the relief may call the IRS at 1-866-562-5227. Those who are eligible and receive a notice of penalty for late filing or payment may also call the IRS number.
Taxpayers can receive further time to file and pay their taxes if they submit a request by filing IRS Form 4868. An extension can be granted until October 15, 2013, to eligible taxpayers. For inquiries on the eligibility or any tax-related questions regarding the Boston tragedy, taxpayers may call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.