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IRS grants relief to victims of Hurricane Fiona

Filing and payment deadlines extended to Feb. 15, 2023

Sep 22, 2022
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The IRS issued tax relief for Hurricane Fiona victims in Puerto Rico. Certain filing and payment deadlines starting on or after Sept. 17, 2022, and before Feb. 15, 2023, will be postponed to Feb. 15, 2023. The guidance also provides for special treatment of gain/loss recognition for taxpayers experiencing casualty loss.

The IRS  issued guidance granting relief to those taxpayers affected by Hurricane Fiona.  Affected taxpayers will have until Feb. 15, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and to make tax payments.  

The relief covers all 72 Puerto Rican municipalities. Refer to "Help for Victims of Hurricane Fiona" webpage for the latest updates and prior news releases pertaining to qualifying areas in Puerto Rico.

The relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred on or after Sept. 17, 2022, and before Feb. 15. 2023.  Affected individuals and businesses will now have until Feb. 15, 2023, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This includes taxpayers with valid extensions to file their 2021 returns that will run out on Oct. 17, 2022. The relief does not include payments related to these 2021 returns because those payments were due on April 18, 2022.

The Feb. 15, 2023, due date also applies to quarterly estimated income tax payments due on Jan. 17, 2023, and the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31, 2022, and Jan. 31, 2023. In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits after Sept. 17, 2022, and before Oct. 3, 2022, will be abated as long as the deposits are made by Oct. 3, 2022.

The Feb. 15, 2023, due date further applies to businesses with an original or extended due date falling within the postponement period.  This includes calendar-year corporations whose 2021 extensions will run out on Oct. 17, 2022, and calendar-year tax-exempt organizations whose 2021 extensions will run out on Nov. 15, 2022.

The IRS relief includes other time-sensitive actions described in Reg. section 301.7508A-1(c)(1) and Rev. Proc.  2018-58.

In addition to extensions of time to file tax returns and complete certain actions, Presidential disaster declarations offer taxpayers special options with respect to gain/loss recognition. Taxpayers who experience a casualty loss in a Presidentially-declared disaster area may qualify to recognize losses in the year prior to the year the casualty actually occurred under section 165(i). Taxpayers who realize gains by receiving insurance proceeds in excess of basis may be able to defer gain recognition by reinvesting in qualified property under section 1033. Some of these actions are time sensitive, so taxpayers are encouraged to contact their tax advisor to take advantage of the full range of relief options

The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. However, if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.

The IRS will also work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.

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