IRS provides tax relief for taxpayers affected by Hurricane Zeta (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi)

IRS provides tax relief for taxpayers, Hurricane Zeta

The IRS announced that certain taxpayers in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi that were affected by Hurricane Zeta (beginning date October 28, 2020) now have until March 1, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and to make certain tax payments.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a disaster determination that was followed by the IRS tax relief announcement. The IRS announced that affected taxpayers in certain counties in Alabama (Clarke, Dallas, Marengo, Mobile, Perry, Washington, and Wilcox) and Mississippi (George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, and Stone), and parishes in Louisiana (Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana) are eligible for the tax relief.

The disaster declaration allows the IRS to postpone certain tax-filing and tax-payment deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after October 28, 2020, and before March 1, 2021, are postponed through March 1, 2021.

If an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the postponement period, the taxpayer is directed to call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate the penalty. 

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