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The IRS is extending the filing deadline to Dec. 15, for residents in counties affected by the wildfires.

Does this apply to all residents in those counties, or to only those affected by the fires.  

And what do they mean by "affected".  Does it mean that they have had to have some loss, have made a claim with FEMA, or what?

The last sentence says the IRS automatically identifies taxpayers in those areas and applies the filing relief.  This makes it sound as if anyone living in those areas are eligible.

 

From IRS

"California — Victims of the California wildfires that began on August 14 may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

Following the recent disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced today that affected taxpayers in certain areas will receive tax relief.

Individuals and households who reside or have a business in Butte, Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties qualify for tax relief. but taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain tax-filing and tax-payment deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after August 14, 2020, and before December 15, 2020, are postponed to December 15, 2020. This includes individual and business tax filers that had a valid extension to file their 2019 return due to run out on October 15, 2020. 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.

The December 15 deadline applies to the third quarter estimated tax payment due on September 15. It also applies to the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on November 2. In addition, it applies to tax-exempt organizations, operating on a calendar-year basis, that had a valid extension due to run out on November 15.

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

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 that falls within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate the penalty. For information on services currently available, visit the IRS operations and services page at IRS.gov/coronavirus.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area should call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

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On September 16th the IRS extended any tax returns and tax payments due on October 15th to January  15th for residents and businesses  in the 6 Oregon counties

affected by wildfires. The extension was automatic for all zip codes located within the 6 designated counties.

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30 minutes ago, cbslee said:

On September 16th the IRS extended any tax returns and tax payments due on October 15th to January  15th for residents and businesses  in the 6 Oregon counties

affected by wildfires. The extension was automatic for all zip codes located within the 6 designated counties.

So, does one qualify as "affected" by the sole condition of residing in, or having a business in the affected area.

All the IRS statements are all the same, OR, CA, FL, TX, LA, etc

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