How the IRS is helping victims of the California wildfires

Ed Curzon, right, and his daughter Margaret sift debris to salvage anything they can from the rubble of their home, destroyed by a wildfire in the Coffey Park neighborhood Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. “My parents and my dogs are alive. That’s all that matters,” said Margaret. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The IRS has announced they will be providing tax-filing relief to victims of the California Wildfires.

Rafael Tulino, spokesman for the IRS, joined host Michael Finney to inform KGO listeners on what the relief entails.

According to Tulino, residents and businesses located in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba counties will now automatically have until Jan. 31 2018 to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain payments. Firefighters and relief workers who live elsewhere will also qualify for the extension.

The postponed filing and payment dates for businesses include the deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments(originally Jan. 16, 2018) and quarterly payroll and excise tax returns (originally Oct. 31, 2017). For individuals, 2016 income tax returns that received a tax-filing extension until Oct. 16 are being further extended.

If you believe you are eligible for tax relief, but do not fit the required guidelines, Tulino said the IRS is open to discussion and will take your argument into account.

Listen the full segment below for additional information. Visit the IRS website here.


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