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Alabama Tornado Victims Get More Time to File Their Tax Returns

March 7, 2019, 4:45 PM

Alabama residents affected by recent tornadoes and severe storms won’t have to file their tax returns until this summer.

The Internal Revenue Service March 7 announced that it is postponing various filing and payment deadlines for people who live in any region designated as a major disaster area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That includes the April 15 deadline for filing 2018 tax returns. The new deadline will be July 31.

  • The IRS said it will automatically provide filing and penalty relief to all taxpayers who live within the disaster area, so people won’t need to contact the agency.
  • “With the regular deadline just a few weeks away, we want storm victims to focus on their families and recovering, rather than worrying about the tax deadline,” IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said in a statement.
  • President Donald Trump pledged to give “the A Plus treatment” to Alabama after tornadoes hit the region March 3, killing 23 people. Trump plans to visit the area on March 8.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Ambrosio in Washington at pambrosio@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rachael Daigle at rdaigle@bloombergtax.com; Colleen Murphy at cmurphy@bloombergtax.com

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