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IRS: Texans affected by winter storm have until June 15 to file taxes

Taxpayers also have until June 15 to make 2020 IRA contributions.
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FILE- This Feb. 13, 2019, file photo shows multiple forms printed from the Internal Revenue Service web page that are used for 2018 U.S. federal tax returns in Zelienople, Pa. If you don’t think you will be able to complete and file your taxes on time, request an extension. Filing an extension helps taxpayers avoid penalties for a late return, according to the IRS. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — For millions of Americans, today is the deadline to file tax returns. But this year, Texans will have an extra month to file due to Winter Storm Uri. 

Victims of the winter storm in February will have until June 15 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service said.

The IRS announced the extension in late-February after the winter storm left thousands without power or water for days.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a disaster declaration for all 254 Texas counties, which allowed the IRS to postpone tax-filing and tax-payment deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. 

For example, certain deadlines falling on or after February 11, 2021, and before June 15, 2021 are postponed through June 15, 2021. This includes 2020 business returns, normally due on March 15 and individual and business returns normally due on April 15. It also includes the special March 1 filing and payment deadline for farmers and fishermen who forgo making estimated tax payments.

Taxpayers also have until June 15 to make 2020 IRA contributions.

The June 15, 2021 deadline applies to the first quarter estimated tax payment due on April 15. It also applies to the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on April 30, 2021. 

Also, it applies to tax-exempt organizations, operating on a calendar-year basis, that have a 2020 return due on May 17, 2021. In addition, penalties on deposits due on or after February 11, 2021 and before February 26, 2021, will be abated as long as the tax deposits were made by February 26, 2021, the IRS said.

If an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS fix the penalty. 

For information on services currently available, visit the IRS operations and services page at IRS.gov/coronavirus.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies filing and payment relief. But, affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area should call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

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