The worst of Hurricane Irma that took place in early September is over, but those affected are left to deal with the destruction that was left in its wake. Survivors with losses due to the hurricane can take advantage of federal and state tax relief opportunities.
The IRS has declared that the victims of Hurricane Irma in 67 counties in Florida may now qualify for certain tax relief opportunities from the Internal Revenue Service.
Affected taxpayers have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file most tax returns (including individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; annual information returns of tax-exempt organizations; and employment and certain excise tax returns), that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after Sept. 4, 2017, and before Jan. 31, 2018 (IRS section 7508A).
In the State of Florida, any area designated by FEMA can qualify for individual or public assistance.
You can find more details here: irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma-in-florida.
The following list of assistance programs may be helpful for those affected as well:
• Blue Roofs
• Disaster Unemployment Assistance
• Disaster SNAP Benefits/Food for Florida
• FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance
• Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan
• Individual Assistance from FEMA
• Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
• Public Assistance
A full list can be found here: floridadisaster.org/info/irma
We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the individuals, families, and businesses affected by Hurricane Irma. We encourage you to share any information you have regarding relief opportunities for those affected.
If you or someone you know has questions regarding the tax relief opportunities, you are also welcome to reach out to our southeast-based regional director John Hanning and he will be happy to assist you.
Information for those affected by Hurricane Harvey available here
Information for those located in Georgia that have been affected by Hurricane Irma available here
Information for those affected by the California wildfires available here