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Tax relief comes to Georgia after Irma

The Internal Revenue Service and Georgia Department of Revenue announced Tuesday that all of Georgia will be eligible for relief in the wake of Hurricane Irma. / Photo: MGN Online, NASA & Goddard Space Flight Center

The Internal Revenue Service and Georgia Department of Revenue announced Tuesday that all of Georgia will be eligible for relief in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The department announced they are postponing until January 31, 2018 certain deadlines for

  • individuals who reside in an area affected by Irma
  • businesses whose principal place of business were affected by Irma
  • taxpayers not in the disaster area but whose records are located in the disaster area
  • relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in relief activities in the covered disaster area
  • any individual visiting the covered disaster area who was injured or killed as a result of the disaster

Some of the tax relief includes the following from the releases put out by both agencies:

- This includes taxpayers who had a valid extension to file their 2016 return that was due to run out on Oct. 16, 2017. It also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments originally due on Sept. 15, 2017, and Jan. 16, 2018, and the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31, 2017.

- The postponement also includes return filing, tax payment, and other time-sensitive acts related to Georgia tax types not administered by the IRS such as Georgia sales and use tax but does not apply to International Fuel Tax Agreement interest. This includes monthly sales tax returns originally due September 20, 2017, October 20, 2017, November 20, 2017, December 20, 2017, and January 22, 2018. It also includes quarterly sales tax returns due October 20, 2017, and January 22, 2018, as well as annual sales tax returns due January 22, 2018.

- A variety of business tax deadlines are also affected including the Oct. 31 deadline for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns. Businesses with extensions also have the additional time including, among others, calendar-year partnerships whose 2016 extensions ran out on Sept. 15, 2017 and calendar-year tax-exempt organizations whose 2016 extensions run out on Nov. 15, 2017. The disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for the additional time.

- In addition, the IRS is waiving late-deposit penalties for federal payroll and excise tax deposits normally due during the first 15 days of the disaster period. Check out the disaster relief page for the time periods that apply to each jurisdiction.

- The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Thus, taxpayers need not contact the IRS to get this relief. However, if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.

Affected taxpayers filing paper returns should write: "2017 Hurricane IRMA" across the top of any forms submitted to the Department according to the release.

To see the full release from the state, click here. For the IRS, click here.

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