Disaster victims with extensions must file their 2022 returns by February 15th

Disaster victims with extensions must file their 2022 returns by February 15th

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The Internal Revenue Service today reminded disaster-area taxpayers who received extensions to file their 2022 returns that these returns are due on Feb. 15, 2024.

Eligible taxpayers were those affected by various disasters that occurred between Aug. 8 and Oct. 9, 2023. This included Hurricane Idalia, Hurricane Lee, Tropical Storm Bolaven, the wildfires in Hawaii, the seawater intrusion in Louisiana and storms and flooding in Illinois. For extension filers, payments on these returns were not eligible for the additional time because they were originally due last spring before any of these disasters occurred.

Locations that qualify for the Feb. 15 filing deadline:

The IRS normally provides relief, including postponing various tax filing and payment deadlines, for any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As long as their address of record is in a disaster-area locality, individual and business taxpayers automatically get the extra time, without having to ask for it. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.

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 who assisted with relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.

Besides those who received extensions to file their 2022 returns, there are other returns, payments and time-sensitive tax-related actions that also qualify for the Feb. 15 deadline. For details, see the IRS disaster relief page, especially the disaster relief announcements for each state and territory.

The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by these disasters and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, visit disasterassistance.gov.