Georgia Offers Hurricane Harvey Tax Relief

Georgia offers tax relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In a press release, the Department of Revenue announced the postponement of numerous tax-related deadlines until January 31, 2018.

Tax Relief

First, the Department postponed tax deadlines for return filing, tax payment, and other time-sensitive acts listed in the IRS relief announcement. Items with a due date that lands on August 23, 2017, but before January 31, 2018, qualify for postponement. This includes items with an extended due date such as:

  • 2016 returns with a valid filing extension to October 16, 2017;
  • quarterly estimated income tax payments originally due on September 15, 2017 and January 16, 2018; and
  • quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on October 31, 2017.

Other Georgia Taxes

In addition, the postponement applies to return filing, tax payment, and other time-sensitive acts related to other taxes.  For example, the department has postponed deadlines for items such as:

  • monthly sales tax returns originally due September 20, 2017, October 20, 2017, November 20, 2017, December 20, 2017, and January 22, 2018;
  • quarterly sales tax returns due October 20, 2017, and January 22, 2018; and
  • annual sales tax returns due January 22, 2018.

Notably, International Fuel Tax Agreement interest does not qualify.

Eligibility for Tax Relief

Taxpayers who reside, or have a business located, in counties specified by the IRS will qualify for the relief.  Also, taxpayers not in the disaster area, but who have records located in the disaster area, will qualify. In addition, the Department will provide relief to areas later identified by the IRS.

In addition, the Department offers relief to:

  • relief workers from a recognized government or philanthropic organization providing relief in the disaster area; and
  • individuals visiting the disaster area who were injured or killed in the disaster.

Importantly, taxpayers should write “2017 Texas, Hurricane Harvey” across the top of paper returns or forms submitted to the Department.  Further, a taxpayer should contact the Department at 1-877-423-6711 if:

  • the taxpayer is assessed a penalty and believes they qualify for relief;
  • needs assistance; or
  • has questions.

Press Release, Georgia Department of Revenue, September 5, 2017

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