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Disaster Areas, Assistance, and Emergency Relief For Taxpayers and Businesses

Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area.  Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes.  Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.
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Get the Latest Tax Relief Guidance in Disaster Situations (Disaster Areas) – Recent special tax law provisions may help taxpayers recover financially from the impact of a major disaster in their location.
Federally Declared Disaster Areas by State – Around the Nation provides IRS news specific to local areas, primarily disaster relief or tax provisions that affect certain states.
FAQ’s for Disaster Victims – Current information on disaster relief and frequently asked questions.
Disaster Relief Resource Center for Tax Professionals – Through this resource center we address many of the questions received from tax professionals.  We’ve included information published by the IRS, along with links to IRS partners who may offer additional assistance.  Many of our partners have developed Web pages that highlight the efforts they’ve made to help their fellow practitioners to recover and get re-established.
Disaster Resource Guide for Individuals and Businesses – Publication 2194 is a Disaster Losses Kit to help businesses claim casualty losses on property that has been destroyed by a natural disaster.  The kit contains tax forms needed to claim a casualty loss.
Disaster Relief – Resources for Charities and Contributors – After a disaster or in another emergency hardship situation, people may be interested in using a charitable organization to help victims.  The IRS provides a number of resources to help them accomplish this goal.
Gulf Oil Spill – Questions and Answers – The existing law dictates whether payments received from BP for losses, damage and injuries are taxable.
Updated on July 6, 2018

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