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The IRS announced that Hurricane Katrina relief workers have until January 3, 2006, to file any returns and pay any taxes due. IR-2005-103 (9/14/05).
Yesterday, the IRS announced that Hurricane Katrina relief workers have until January 3, 2006 to file any returns and pay any taxes due. According to the IRS, this means that relief workers are entitled to the same extensions that apply to individuals and businesses located in the disaster area. Eligible relief workers should notify the IRS that they are affected by Hurricane Katrina when they file returns or respond to notices or contacts from the tax agency.
For this purpose, the IRS explained, eligible relief workers are those assisting in the disaster area. This includes people affiliated with recognized government or philanthropic organizations and others.
That's not a bad idea at all. In related news, you might not want to try calling the IRS for a while:
Also, in IR-2005-102, the IRS announced that nearly five thousand IRS telephone operators are helping the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) answer telephone calls from Hurricane Katrina victims. The IRS telephone assisters are taking calls to help people with the FEMA registration process and referring individuals for other essential services like the American Red Cross.
This is certainly for a good cause, but I'm guessing it's going to hamper the IRS's ability to handle their own call load.