Tax guide

Tax Relief for Disaster Situations

Updated for filing 2021 tax returns

When disasters happen, taxpayers often have access to certain kinds of tax relief. On the federal level, taxpayers have access to certain types of tax relief if the event is a declared disaster.

What is a “declared disaster?”

A declared disaster is an event that causes enough damage that a state requires federal aid.

How is an event declared a major disaster?

Once the event takes place, the state affected assesses the damage and determines if there are enough resources to respond. If not, the state determines what kind of federal assistance is needed, and submits a request to the President of the United States. If the president agrees, they declare the event a major disaster, and federal aid is sent.

To determine who qualifies for aid, disaster areas are designated, typically by county. Any individuals who live or runs a business in a disaster area qualify for relief and are referred to as affected taxpayers.

Taxpayers are also considered “affected” if records necessary to meet a filing or payment deadline postponed during the relief period are located in a covered disaster area.

What sort of tax relief can I get during or after a declared disaster?

Tax relief includes automatic filing deadline extensions for individuals and businesses, deferred penalties, deferred taxes, deductions for disaster-related losses, and more. The type of aid will depend on the type of disaster and the ways it has affected the community.

Which states and counties currently have tax deadline extensions?

Some counties have extensions for various deadlines like estimated tax payments, and others even have an extension of Tax Day.

So what do these extensions actually look like?

The IRS typically provides a window for deadline extensions; any deadline that falls in that window usually gets pushed to the last day of the window. For example, if the IRS has a window from January 1 to May 15, most tax deadlines that fall between those dates will be pushed to May 15.

May 16, 2022 Tax Day Deadline

State

County

Deadlines after:

Now extended to:

Arkansas

Craighead

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Jackson

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Mississippi

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Poinsett

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Woodruff

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Illinois

Bond

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Cass

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Coles

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Effingham

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Fayette

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Jersey

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Macoupin

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Madison

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Menard

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Montgomery

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Morgan

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Moultrie

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Pike

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Shelby

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Kentucky

Barren

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Breckinridge

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Bullitt

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Caldwell

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Christian

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Fulton

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Graves

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Grayson

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Hart

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Hickman

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Hopkins

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Logan

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Lyon

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Marion

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Marshall

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Meade

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Muhlenberg

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Ohio

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Shelby

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Spencer

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Taylor

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Todd

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Warren

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Tennessee

Cheatham

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Davidson

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Dickson

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Gibson

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Henderson

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Henry

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Lake

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Obion

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Stewart

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Sumner

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Weakley

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Wilson

December 10, 2021

May 16, 2022

Colorado

Boulder

December 30, 2021

May 16, 2022

 

Various Other 2022 Deadline Extensions (Alphabetical by State)

State

County

Deadlines after:

Now extended to:

Alabama

Jefferson

October 8, 2021

February 28, 2022

Shelby

October 8, 2021

February 28, 2022

Louisiana

All Counties

August 26, 2021

February 15, 2022

Mississippi

All Counties

August 28, 2021

February 15, 2022

Pennsylvania

Bedford

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Bucks

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Chester

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Dauphin

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Delaware

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Fulton

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Huntingdon

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Luzerne

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Montgomery

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Northampton

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Philadelphia

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Schuylkill

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

York

August 31, 2021

February 15, 2022

Connecticut

Fairfield

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Mohegan Tribal Nation

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

New Haven

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

New London

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

New Jersey

Bergen

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Essex

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Gloucester

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Hudson

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Hunterdon

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Mercer

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Middlesex

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Morris

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Passaic

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Somerset

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Union

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Warren

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

New York

Bronx

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Dutchess

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Kings

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Nassau

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

New York

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Orange

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Putnam

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Queens

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Richmond

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Rockland

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Suffolk

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Sullivan

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Ulster

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Westchester

September 1, 2021

February 15, 2022

Washington

Clallam

November 13, 2021

March 15, 2022

Skagit

November 13, 2021

March 15, 2022

Whatcom

November 13, 2021

March 15, 2022

The Lummi Nation

November 13, 2021

March 15, 2022

Nooksack Indian Tribe

November 13, 2021

March 15, 2022

Quileute Tribe

November 13, 2021

March 15, 2022

 

US Territory Tax Deadline Extensions

Territory

Municipality

Deadlines after:

Now extended to:

Puerto Rico

Cataño

February 4, 2022

June 15, 2022

Dorado

February 4, 2022

June 15, 2022

Toa Baja

February 4, 2022

June 15, 2022

Vega Alta

February 4, 2022

June 15, 2022

Vega Baja

February 4, 2022

June 15, 2022

 

 

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