Pension & Benefits News IRS grants tax relief to victims of California wildfires
Friday, September 18, 2020

IRS grants tax relief to victims of California wildfires

By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff

The IRS has announced tax relief for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the federal disaster areas of Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties in California, which were affected by California wildfires that began August 14, 2020. The relief extends until December 15, 2020 deadlines for filing various returns, including filing returns and paying taxes otherwise due during the period of August 14, 2020, and before December 15, 2020. This means individuals who had a valid extension to file their 2019 return due to end on October 15, 2020, will now have until December 15, 2020, to file. The IRS noted, however, that because tax payments related to these 2019 returns were due on July 15, 2020, those payments are not eligible for this relief.

In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after August 14, 2020 and before August 31, 2020 will be abated as long as the deposits were made by August 31, 2020.

Source: IRS News Release IR-2020-191.

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