Tax Relief for Victims of Severe Storms in Colorado

Victims of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began on Sept. 11, 2013 in parts of Colorado may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

Following recent disaster declarations for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced today that affected taxpayers in Colorado will receive tax relief, and other locations may be added in coming days based on additional damage assessments by FEMA.

The President has declared the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan and Weld a federal disaster area. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after Sept. 11, and on or before Dec. 2, 2013, have been postponed to Dec. 2, 2013. This includes the quarterly estimated tax payment due on Sept. 16. It also includes the due date of Sept. 16 for calendar year corporations and partnerships that received extensions of time to file.

The IRS is also waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after Sept. 11, and on or before Sept. 26, as long as the deposits are made by Sept. 26, 2013.
If an affected taxpayer receives a penalty notice from the IRS, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate any interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. Penalties or interest will be abated only for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date, including an extended filing or payment due date, that falls within the postponement period.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

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