Florida Victims of Hurricane Michael Granted Tax Relief (FL-2018-04)

The president has declared a federal disaster area in Florida due to Hurricane Michael, which began on October 7, 2018. The disaster area includes the following counties:

  • Bay
  • Franklin
  • Gulf
  • Taylor, and
  • Wakulla

Thus, taxpayers who live or have a business in the disaster area may qualify for tax relief.

Florida Filing Deadlines Extended

The IRS extended certain deadlines falling on or after October 7, and before February 28, 2019, to February 28, 2019. The extension includes filing for most returns, including:

  • individual, corporate, estate and trust income tax returns;
  • partnership and S corporation income tax returns;
  • estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax returns;
  • the Form 5500 series returns, and
  • employment and certain excise tax returns.

However, the extension does not include information returns in the Form W-2, 1098, or 1099 series or Forms 1042-S or 8027.

Florida Payment Deadlines Extended

Also, the relief includes extra time to make tax payments. This includes estimated tax payments due on or after October 7, and before February 28, 2019. In addition, taxpayers have until February 28, 2019, to perform other time-sensitive actions due on or after October 7 and before February 28, 2019.

The IRS excused late penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after October 7, and before October 22. But, the taxpayer must make the deposits by October 22, 2018.

Casualty Losses

In addition, affected taxpayers can claim disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return. Taxpayers may get relief sooner by claiming their losses on their 2017 return. Individuals may deduct personal property losses not covered by insurance or other reimbursements.

Taxpayers claiming a disaster loss on their 2017 return should write the disaster designation:

“Florida, Hurricane Michael”

at the top of the return. This will allow the IRS to speed refund processing.

Finally, the IRS will provide affected taxpayers with copies of prior year returns without charge. To get this expedited service, taxpayers should:

  1. add the disaster designation at the top of Form 4506, Request for a Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, and
  2. submit it to the IRS.

Florida Disaster Relief Notice (FL-2018-04)

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