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Natural Disaster Tax Relief: What You Need to Know About the June 17th

Recent natural disasters have caused significant hardship for many individuals and businesses. In response, the IRS has implemented tax relief measures to ease the burden on those affected. This article outlines the extended tax filing deadlines, qualifying disaster areas, and how to navigate the filing process during this time.

Extended Filing Deadline: Relief for Impacted Areas

The standard tax filing deadline of April 15th has been extended to June 17th, 2024, for taxpayers residing or operating businesses in designated disaster areas. This extension aims to provide time and space for individuals and businesses to focus on recovery efforts without the added stress of looming tax filing obligations.

Qualifying for the Extended Deadline

To qualify for the extended deadline, your primary residence or business location must be situated in a region designated by the IRS as a disaster area. Here’s a breakdown of the qualifying counties and regions:

  • California: San Diego County
  • Connecticut: New London County, including the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations
  • Michigan: Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, and Wayne Counties
  • Maine: Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Somerset Counties
  • Tennessee: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner, and Weakley Counties
  • Washington: Spokane and Whitman Counties
  • West Virginia: Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Harrison, Kanawha, and Roane Counties

Affected Return Types

The extended deadline applies to a wide range of tax returns, including:

  • Individual Income Tax Returns (Form 1040 series, including 1040-ES)
  • Corporate Income Tax Returns (Form 1120 series, including 1120-S)
  • Partnership Returns (Form 1065)
  • Estate and Trust Income Tax Returns (Form 1041 series)
  • Exempt Organization Returns (Form 990 series)
  • Excise Tax Returns (Form 720)
  • Employment Tax Returns (Form 941 series)

Obtaining an Additional Extension

If you require further time beyond the June 17th deadline, you can apply for an additional extension that pushes the filing date to October 15th, 2024. To do so, you’ll need to submit the appropriate form:

  • Individual filers: File Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
  • Businesses: File Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns.

Important Note: Payment Deadlines Remain Unchanged

It’s crucial to understand that while the filing deadline has been extended, tax payments are still due by the original deadline of June 17th, 2024. Failing to make your tax payments by this date will result in penalties and interest charges accumulating. Ensure you prioritize making all necessary payments to avoid additional financial burdens.

Beyond the Named Areas: Disaster Relief Resources

The IRS has implemented tax relief programs for various regions impacted by spring tornadoes and storms across the Midwest and South. These areas may have different extended filing deadlines. To stay updated on the most recent information and find out if your area qualifies for relief, visit the IRS disaster relief page.


The IRS’s extended filing deadline provides a welcome reprieve for taxpayers grappling with the aftermath of natural disasters. By understanding the qualifying areas, applicable return types, and extension procedures, you can ensure timely filing and avoid tax-related complications during this challenging time. Remember, meeting the payment deadline remains essential to avoid penalties. For further assistance, feel free to contact us.

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