Tax Central: Hurricane Harvey victims provided tax relief

September 6, 2017

The IRS announced special tax relief and assistance for Hurricane Harvey victims.

Many taxpayers in Texas locations devastated by Hurricane Harvey are finding that relief can come in many forms. The IRS announced tax relief provisions for victims of Hurricane Harvey, including some additional tax filing extensions for valid extensions that were slated to run out on Oct. 16 and Sept. 15. Hurricane victims now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make payments.

The tax relief is applicable for areas designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. View the current list of affected counties. The IRS will identify taxpayers located in covered disaster areas and automatically apply filing and payment relief. If you reside or have a business outside the covered areas, you must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

Leave-based donation program also offered

As was done in the aftermath of other notable disasters, the IRS is again offering a special leave-based donation program to aid Hurricane Harvey victims. Through these programs, employees may forgo their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for cash payments the employer makes, before Jan. 1, 2019, to charitable organizations providing relief for the disaster victims. Learn more→

For more information, visit the IRS website, along with their Help for Victims of Hurricane Harvey section and disaster relief page, among other resources.

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