IRS Provides Tax Relief for Victims of California Wildfires
The IRS recently published guidance containing certain relief for individuals and businesses affected by the 2018 California wildfires. Specifically, the IRS offered extensions in relation to certain tax filing deadlines. The extensions apply automatically to any individual or business in an area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual assistance.
Specifically, in California, individuals and businesses that reside in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties may qualify for tax relief.
As a result of this relief, individuals or businesses that had forms due on or after Nov. 8, 2018 and before April 30, 2019 have additional time to file the form through April 30, 2019. The relief would apply to quarterly payroll, employment and excise tax filings due, as well as to any employers that may have previously applied for a Form 5500 filing extension.
Impacted employers should discuss their filing obligations with their CPA or tax professional, with this relief in mind.