Updated: IRS Extends the October 15 Filing Deadline for Victims of Hurricanes Michael and Florence

Update: IR-2018-202

The IRS has extended the October 15th filing deadline for additional counties impacted by Hurricanes Michael and Florence. The IRS notice states “Following FEMA declarations, the IRS has updated information on the Hurricane Michael page outlining additional counties now listed in Florida and Georgia for individual and public assistance.

In addition, the IRS has also extended these deadlines for additional Hurricane Florence victims covered under FEMA public assistance declarations. This includes taxpayers in a number of counties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Additional information is being added on these locations this afternoon on the Hurricane Florence page. Like Hurricane Michael, the IRS is offering relief to any major disaster declaration designated by FEMA as qualifying for individual or public assistance under Hurricane Florence.

Taxpayers in these areas receive the extensions automatically. For other victims, the IRS reminds taxpayers that they will work with people located outside these counties currently listed by FEMA. The help is also available to workers assisting with relief activities with a recognized government or philanthropic organization. Full details are available at IRS News Release 2018-199 and the Hurricane Michael page”.

IR-2018-199, Oct. 12, 2018 – The IRS announced on Friday that victims of Hurricane Michael in parts of Florida will have until February 28, 2019 to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. The extension applies to deadlines – either an original or extended due date – that occurred on or after Oct. 7, 2018 and before Feb. 28, 2019. This includes individuals and businesses who had a valid extension to file their 2017 return, however it does not include payments related to these returns.  The relief also includes quarterly estimates due on January 15, 2019, quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31, 2018, and Jan. 31, 2019. It also applies to tax-exempt organizations, operating on a calendar-year basis, that had a valid extension due to run out on Nov. 15, 2018. The IRS disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for the additional time.

Taxpayers with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area will automatically be granted filing and penalty relief and do not need to contact the IRS or indicate on their return that they are filing late due to Hurricane Michael.

GA-2018-04, Oct. 15, 2018 – Today, victims in several Georgia counties were also granted relief.