IRS: Tax Relief Now Available To Ida Victims In New York And New Jersey; Oct. 15 Deadline, Other Dates Extended To Jan. 3
Hurricane and Post Tropical Depression Ida- New York and New Jersey- Update re the 2020 October 15, 2021 Filing Deadline-
-IRS IR-2021-175- IRS: Tax relief now available to victims of Hurricane Ida; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 3- Released August 31, 2021- for the state of Louisiana and Ida-impacted localities as designated by FEMA in neighboring states,
-Then IRS IR-2021-180 – IRS: Hurricane Ida victims in Mississippi now eligible for tax relief; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Nov. 1– Released September 9, 2021, included Mississippi.
-The IRS has now released IR-2021-179: IRS: Tax relief now available to Ida victims in New York and New Jersey; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 3, 2022.
In essence all clients in New York, this currently includes the Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond and Westchester counties, and in New Jersey, it includes Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset counties, now have until January 3, 2022 as a postponed deadline for various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Sept. 1, 2021, including the October 15, 2021 2020 filing extended deadline.
As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until Jan. 3, 2022, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This means individuals who had a valid extension to file their 2020 return due to run out on Oct. 15, 2021, will now have until Jan. 3, 2022, to file.
-Subsequently on September 15, 2021- the New York State Department of Tax and Finance (NYSDTF) Released Notice N-21-3- Announcement Regarding Relief from Certain Filing and Payment Deadlines due to Post-Tropical Depression Ida– effectively giving same relief to the New York counties of the Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester, and contiguous counties due to the impact of Post-Tropical Depression Ida, for filing and payment deadlines between September 1, 2021 and October 2, 2021 extending the deadline but only until December 14, 2021. Note: Not conforming to the Federal January 3, 2022 deadline, while increasing the amount of affected Counties.
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Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of New York and New Jersey now have until Jan. 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. This is comparable to relief provided last week to Ida victims in Louisiana.
The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual or public assistance. In New York, this currently includes Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond and Westchester counties, and in New Jersey, it includes Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset counties. Taxpayers in Ida-impacted localities subsequently designated by FEMA in other parts of these states will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.
“During this difficult time, the IRS stands ready to help victims of Hurricane Ida,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “We want people affected by this devastating hurricane focused on their safety and recovery for themselves and their families. To provide assistance now and in the weeks ahead, we have a variety of different types of relief available to help people and businesses affected by this disaster.”
The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Sept. 1, 2021. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until Jan. 3, 2022, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This means individuals who had a valid extension to file their 2020 return due to run out on Oct. 15, 2021, will now have until Jan. 3, 2022, to file. The IRS noted, however, that because tax payments related to these 2020 returns were due on May 17, 2021, those payments are not eligible for this relief.
The Jan. 3, 2022 deadline also applies to quarterly estimated income tax payments due on Sept. 15, 2021, and the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Nov. 1, 2021. It also applies to tax-exempt organizations, operating on a calendar-year basis, that had a valid extension due to run out on Nov. 15, 2021. Businesses with an original or extended due date also have the additional time including, among others, calendar-year partnerships and S corporations whose 2020 extensions run out on Sept. 15, 2021 and calendar-year corporations whose 2020 extensions run out on Oct. 15, 2021.
In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after Sept. 1 and before Sept. 16, will be abated as long as the deposits are made by Sept. 16, 2021.
The IRS disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for the additional time.
The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Therefore, taxpayers do not need to contact the agency to get this relief. 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.
In addition, the IRS will 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.
Individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred (in this instance, the 2021 return normally filed next year), or the return for the prior year (2020). Be sure to write the FEMA declaration number – 4614 for New Jersey or 4615 for New York or − on any return claiming a loss. See Publication 547 for details.
The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by Hurricane Ida and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, visit disasterassistance.gov.