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IRS Postpones Some Tax Deadlines for Hurricane Irene Victims

September 01, 2011

(Updates with additional extension for taxpayers with preparers affected by storm, starting in seventh paragraph.)

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The Internal Revenue Service postponed some filing deadlines for taxpayers affected by Hurricane Irene, the agency announced today.

Some tax forms due on Sept. 15 and Oct. 17 will now be due Oct. 31. The decision affects individuals and businesses in certain parts of North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico.

In New Jersey, for example, the change applies only in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties.

Other areas may be added following federal disaster assessments, the IRS said.

The announcement affects several tax deadlines. Corporations and businesses that applied for extensions on their 2010 returns typically would face a Sept. 15 deadline. The similar extension for individuals would have expired Oct. 17.

The new Oct. 31 deadline also applies to estimated tax payments for the third quarter of 2011.

Further, the IRS announced today that it would delay by one week the Sept. 15 filing deadline for taxpayers whose tax preparers were under evacuation orders or faced severe weather warnings because of the storm, even outside federally declared disaster areas. That one-week extension doesn’t apply to payments due Sept. 15, the agency said in a statement.

On Aug. 26, the IRS announced it would delay the previously announced Aug. 31 deadline for all taxpayers to submit requests to join the agency’s offshore voluntary disclosure program because of the storm. The new deadline for those requests is Sept. 9.

--Editors: Jodi Schneider, Robin Meszoly

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