Tax Deadline Changes for those impacted by Hurricane Laura

Those who were impacted by Hurricane Laura have until December 31, 2020, to file certain tax returns and make payments to the IRS.  Those individuals who reside and/or have a business within the following parishes can qualify for relief:

  • Winn
  • Acadia
  • Allen
  • Beauregard
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • Grant
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Lincoln
  • Natchitoches
  • Ouachita
  • Rapides
  • Sabine
  • Vermillion
  • Vernon

Which tax returns are impacted?

This impacts tax returns with due dates on or after August 22, 2020, and before December 31, 2020.  As such, business and individual tax returns that requested a valid extension will qualify.  This normally impacts partnerships, corporations, individuals, and/or nonprofit tax returns.

Are tax payments due postponed?

Tax payments in relation to 2019 tax returns were due July 15, 2020.  Therefore, these payments do not qualify for relief.  However, payments such as third-quarter estimated tax payments that are normally due on September 15 will now be due December 31, 2020.  In addition, payroll taxes due within this timeframe will also be due on December 31, 2020, as well.

What happens if a taxpayer receives a tax notice indicating a late payment or penalty? What should they do? 

Taxpayers who receive a notice from the IRS that qualifies for tax relief should contact the IRS using the number on the notice or call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227.  Or they can visit the IRS website to obtain more information.

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