On January 22, 2024, the Internal Revenue Service announced tax relief for individuals and businesses in parts of Connecticut affected by severe storms, flooding and a potential dam breach that began on January 10, 2024. These taxpayers now have until June 17, 2024, to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.
June 17 Connecticut Deadline: Areas Affected by Tax Relief
The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently, this includes New London County, including the Mohegan Tribal Nation and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Individuals and households that reside or have a business in these localities qualify for tax relief. The same relief will be available to any other Connecticut localities added later to the disaster area. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.
The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. These taxpayers do not need to contact the agency to get this relief.
It is possible an affected taxpayer may not have an IRS address of record located in the disaster area, for example, because they moved to the disaster area after filing their return. In these kinds of unique circumstances, the affected taxpayer could receive a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS for the postponement period. The taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.
June 17 Connecticut Deadline: Deadlines Affected
The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred from January 10, 2024, through June 17, 2024 (“postponement period”). As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until June 17, 2024, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period.
This means, for example, that the June 17, 2024, deadline will now apply to:
- Individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2024.
- 2023 contributions to IRAs and health savings accounts for eligible taxpayers.
- Quarterly estimated income tax payments normally due on January 16 and April 15, 2024.
- Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on January 31 and April 30, 2024.
- Calendar-year partnership and S corporation returns normally due on March 15, 2024.
- Calendar-year corporation and fiduciary returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2024.
- Calendar-year tax-exempt organization returns normally due on May 15, 2024.
- In addition, penalties for failing to make payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after January 10, 2024, and before Jan. 25, 2024, will be abated as long as the deposits are made by January 25, 2024.
The IRS disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for relief during the postponement period.
In addition, the IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.
June 17 Connecticut Deadline: Additional Tax Relief
Individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred or the return for the prior year. Taxpayers have extra time – up to six months after the due date of the taxpayer’s federal income tax return for the disaster year (without regard to any extension of time to file) – to make the election. Be sure to write the FEMA declaration number – 3604-EM − on any return claiming a loss.
Qualified disaster relief payments are generally excluded from gross income. In general, this means that affected taxpayers can exclude from their gross income amounts received from a government agency for reasonable and necessary personal, family, living or funeral expenses, as well as for the repair or rehabilitation of their home, or for the repair or replacement of its contents.
Sherayzen Law Office continues to monitor the situation concerning IRS tax reliefs for natural disasters and other events.