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IRS provides tax relief for Hurricane Idalia

FL-2023-06, Aug. 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced tax relief for individuals and businesses affected by Idalia in parts of Florida. Taxpayers affected by the storm that began on Aug. 27. 2023, now have until Feb. 15, 2024, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.

What this means is that if you have a business or home in any of the listed, affected counties, your business and/or individual Federal tax returns have automatically been extended. Here is a quick list of what types relief are available:

  • postponement of time to file most tax returns: individual, corporate, estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; annual information returns of tax-exempt organizations; and employment and certain excise tax returns)

  • postponement of time to pay taxes, including estimated tax payments originally due September 15, 2023 & January 15, 2024 and relief from penalties related to non payment

  • postponement of time to file returns pertaining to like-kind exchanges of property

  • claiming disaster-related casualty losses in the year the event occurred (2023) or the prior year (2022) as long as the latter is elected by October 15, 2024, to include individuals who have property losses not covered by insurance

  • waived fees for requests of previously filed tax returns

  • exclusion of qualified disaster relief payments from gross income

  • special disaster distributions from IRAs may not be subject to 10% early distribution tax AND income can be spread over 3 years, or possibly making a hardship withdrawal

  • if contacted by IRS on a collection or examination matter, special consideration may be made

Of course, these are just a summary of relief that may be available if you are in one of the individuals and households affected by Idalia that reside or have a business in Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia and Wakulla counties.


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