The Internal Revenue Service, which provided Texans some tax relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, is extending the same courtesy to victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida as well as parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Residents of 45 of Florida's 67 counties, four municipalities in Puerto Rico, and two of the U.S. Virgin Islands will have until Jan. 31 to file federal personal and business tax returns that were due Sept. 15. Those who had filed for tax year 2016 extensions due by Oct. 16 will also have until Jan. 31 to file. Sept. 15 and Jan. 16 deadlines for making estimated quarterly tax payments will also get an extension until Jan. 31.
The announcement applies to Floridians in Alachua, Baker, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia counties. The IRS ruling also extends to St. John and St. Thomas islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the Puerto Rico municipalities of Canóvanas, Culebra, Loíza and Vieques.
The IRS is also waiving late-deposit penalties for payroll and excise taxes. Check the IRS.gov disaster relief page for details.
Taxpayers with addresses in disaster areas won’t need to contact the IRS.
"The IRS will continue to closely monitor the storm's aftermath, and we anticipate providing additional relief for other affected areas in the near future,’’ said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
The IRS is also allowing 401(k) retirement plan loans and hardship distribution to Hurricane Irma victims and family members, similar to the relief the agency provided to Harvey victims. Withdrawals must be made by Jan. 31. For details, check here.
Florida has no personal income tax. But the Florida Department of Revenue is extending due dates for corporate tax filings that were due between Sept. 4 and Jan. 31 until Feb. 15.
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