Are you in a federally designated disaster area? You may qualify for IRS disaster relief.

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HARVEY, IRMA & MARIA

IRS Disaster Relief for Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster.*

According to the IRS, special tax relief and assistance is available to affected taxpayers who have suffered a disaster loss within a Presidential declared disaster area. A comprehensive list of IRS disaster relief assistance and emergency resources for individuals, businesses, tax professionals and charitable organizations is available at IRS.gov.

Affected taxpayers who may be entitled to tax relief include:

  • Individuals who live in a designated disaster area
  • Businesses whose principal place of business is located in a designated disaster area
  • Taxpayers not in the designated disaster area but whose records are located in the designated disaster area
  • Relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in relief activities in a designated disaster area
  • Individuals who were injured or killed as a result of the disaster while visiting a designated disaster area

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be tax or legal advice.

Need a federal loan or a grant?

You must be up to date on your taxes to qualify.

If you have not completed your most recent tax returns, the IRS will help you get the information you need to prepare and file your returns. Free tax assistance is available from both the IRS and some temporary FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers.

Need more time to pay your taxes?

Depending on your circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file your returns and pay taxes.

Let the IRS know immediately if you owe taxes but need additional time to pay because of your situation.

Need copies of previous tax returns?

The IRS provides free copies or transcripts of your previous tax returns for individuals and businesses in declared disaster areas.

Be sure to clearly indicate that this is a disaster-related request.

Need to claim losses?

Both individuals and businesses in declared disaster areas may be able to claim disaster-related casualty losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements on their federal income tax return for either the year in which the event occurred, or the prior year.

If your property is covered by insurance, you must file a timely insurance claim for reimbursement of your loss. Otherwise, you can’t deduct the loss as a casualty loss. However, the part of the loss that isn’t covered by insurance is still deductible.

The IRS provides workbooks for both individuals and businesses to help you determine your disaster losses. Keep in mind these schedules are for your information only. You’ll need to complete IRS Form 4684 to officially report your loss.

If you’re unable to determine your covered losses because your insurance claim is still unresolved, consider talking to an insurance lawyer. They’ll be able to assess your situation and provide advice on how to receive fair and timely compensation for your claim.

Need your refund fast?

Consider filing an amended return claiming losses for 2016.

Be sure to put the Disaster Designation, “Texas, Hurricane Harvey” or “Hurricane Irma” at the top of the form so that the IRS can expedite the processing of your refund.

Are you in a designated IRS disaster relief area?

Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas

Individuals who reside or have a business in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Burleson, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dallas, De Witt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tarrant, Travis, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, and Wharton Counties may qualify for IRS disaster relief.

Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico

The IRS is now offering expanded disaster relief to any area designated by FEMA, as qualifying for either individual assistance or public assistance in the States of Florida and Georgia. This represents all 67 counties of Florida and all 159 counties of Georgia. In Puerto Rico, assistance is available in the municipalities of Adjuntas, Aguas Buenas, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Camuy, Carolina, Cataño, Ciales, Comerío, Culebra, Canóvanas, Dorado, Fajardo, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Hatillo, Jayuya, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Naguabo, Orocovis, Patillas, Quebradillas, Salinas, San Juan, Toa Baja, Utuado, Vega Baja, Vieques, and Yauco.

Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

The IRS is now offering expanded relief to any area designated by FEMA, as qualifying for either individual assistance or public assistance in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. This represents all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico. 

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