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How do I handle returns impacted by federally declared disaster zones?

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Per guidance from IRS Chief Counsel, taxpayers residing in a federally declared disaster area qualifying for a disaster relief extension may paper file extensions (Form 4868) until June 15th, or August 2nd for Tennessee, to extend Form 1040 filings until October 15th. Payment for these extensions may be made via the IRS Direct Pay website by June 15th or by check with Form 4868. Form 4868 extensions sent via e-file after May 17th will reject.

As of May 17th, 2021, these are the current federally declared disaster zones; Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, & Texas. Locate the applicable disaster to determine what relief is available, and whether any changes should be reported on the tax return: Tax Relief in Disaster Situations.

Relief is often an extension of time to file or make certain payments for clients in the affected area.

For more information, including how to make payments after the original due date, see our article on Disaster tax relief and extensions


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