IRS Tax Relief for California Storm Victims

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The IRS announced tax relief for California storm victims under the federal emergency declaration. This relief includes additional time to file and/or pay taxes. Below is a summary of the relief and important details, as released by the IRS.  

Currently, this relief applies if residence or business is located in one of the following counties: Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba.

If in those areas, certain deadlines falling on or after January 8, 2023 and before May 15, 2023 are automatically extended to May 15, 2023, including:

  • Q4 estimated taxes due 1/17/23 and 2023 Q1 estimated taxes due 4/18/23
    This means that individual taxpayers can skip making the fourth quarter estimated tax payment, normally due January 17, 2023, and instead include it with the 2022 return they file, on or before May 15.”
  • 2022 individual tax returns and extensions due 4/18/23
  • 2022 business returns due 3/15/23 and 4/18/23 (including corporate, estate, trust, partnership, S-Corp, gift, tax-exempt orgs)
  • 2022 contributions to IRAs and health savings accounts
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns due 1/31/23
    • Payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after 1/8/23 and before 1/23/23 will be abated as long as the tax deposits are made by 11/22/23.

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

If an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty from the IRS for a due date that falls within the postponement period, call the phone number on the notice to have the IRS abate the penalty.


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