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Storm Victims in Alabama, California, and Georgia Eligible for Tax Filing Extension


Storm victims who live in Alabama, California, and Georgia have been granted an extension to file their 2022 income tax returns. Those who live or own a business in areas designated as disaster zones by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in these three states now have until October 16th not only to file their returns, but to make any payments owed to the IRS.

Which Areas Qualify for the Deadline Extension? 

This year, the IRS offered a series of tax relief measures to the thousands of people who live and own businesses in Alabama, California, and Georgia and who were affected by devastating storms and other natural disasters. Specifically, filing and payment relief has been offered to:

  • Taxpayers who reside in one of the following 13 counties in Alabama: Autauga, Barbour, Chambers, Conecuh, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Mobile, Morgan, Sumter, and Tallapoosa counties;
  • Taxpayers who live in 55 of California’s 58 counties (excluding Lassen, Modoc, and Shasta counties; and
  • Taxpayers who live in one of the following nine counties in Georgia: Butts, Crips, Henry, Jasper, Meriwether, Newton, Pike, Spalding, and Troup counties.

If you live or own a business in one of these counties, you could be eligible for the IRS’ extended tax deadline.

Tax Relief for Storm Victims 

Taxpayers who are eligible for the storm-related tax relief offered by the IRS now have until October 16th to:

  • File their 2022 individual income tax returns and accompanying payments that are typically due in April;
  • Submit their contributions to their IRAs and health savings accounts for 2022;
  • Submit their quarterly estimated tax payments typically due on April 18th, June 15th, and September 15th;
  • File any calendar-year 2022 returns for partnerships and S corporations;
  • File any calendar-year 2022 corporate and fiduciary income tax returns and submit accompanying payments due on April 18th; and
  • Submit their quarterly payroll and excise tax returns typically due in May and July.

It’s important to note, however, that these are not the only kinds of tax returns and payments that could qualify for the extended deadline.

Relief for Victims of Hurricane Idalia and the Hawaii Wildfires 

In addition to the relief being offered to victims of the storms in Alabama, California, and Georgia, taxpayers affected by Hurricane Idalia and the wildfires in Hawaii have until next spring to file their returns. This extension, however, only applies to the amount of time that a person has to file, not how long they have to make a payment. This relief is currently available to residents and business owners in:

  • 49 counties in Florida;
  • 28 counties in Georgia;
  • All 46 counties in South Carolina; and
  • Hawaii and Maui counties in Hawaii.

For help determining whether you and your family could qualify for tax relief, don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team today.

Contact Experienced Tax Attorney Ronald Cutler, P.A. Today 

The recent storms in Alabama, California, and Georgia have left thousands of people without shelter, power, and basic necessities. Many of these individuals qualify for tax and other forms of government relief, so if you and your family were affected by a natural disaster this year, be sure to reach out to CPA, former FBI Special Agent, and nationwide tax lawyer Ronald Cutler, P.A. for help applying for these benefits. You can set up a free one-on-one consultation by calling us at 386-490-9949 today.