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Completely Compliance- Hurricane Relief

by DMA Staff | Oct 09, 2017
With the passage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, much of the southeastern United States has been declared a disaster area. Currently, the IRS is allowing taxpayers in the affected areas until January 31, 2018 to file and submit tax due for all periods. Many states have followed the IRS’ lead and are offering assistance programs of their own for certain income and business taxes.

Alabama, among others, follows IRS policy. Along with Colorado, this change does not apply to the home rule jurisdictions as those must be contacted separately. In order for the return to be processed properly, Alabama requests that either ‘TEXAS FLOOD 2017’ or ‘IRMA RELIEF – 2017’ is written in red ink on the top of the return.

Delaware and Illinois both request filers submit a letter explaining the situation as well as contact information. These case-by-case based returns are done on the good faith idea that filers do need the extension.

In general, most states are offering some sort of relief for taxpayers. As the disaster continues to be assessed, states are reserving the right to change their policies. For the most up-to-date information, the Department of Revenue websites are the most reliable places. To learn about Texas, please see the White Paper DMA has written on that subject.