Ross Fights for IRS Tax Filing Relief for Polk County in Wake of Hurricane Irma
LAKELAND, Fla. – Sept. 13, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, provided the following statement after sending a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, requesting tax filing deadlines be extended for Polk County:
“Now that Polk County has received an Individual Assistance disaster relief declaration by FEMA due to Hurricane Irma, the IRS is permitted to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the declared disaster area. This will allow individuals and businesses in Polk County to qualify for tax filing extensions for upcoming tax filing dates. I sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Koskinen today, requesting the IRS to immediately postpone these deadlines. The people and families of Polk County are worried about shelter, losing their homes, finding food and gas, basic necessities, and simply getting back on their feet after this devastating storm. The last thing they need to worry about is a tax deadline right now. Polk County needs this—now.”
Tax Relief Information:
Certain deadlines falling on or after Sept. 4, 2017, and before Jan. 31, 2018, are granted additional time to file through Jan. 31, 2018. This includes taxpayers who had a valid extension to file their 2016 return that was due to run out on Oct. 16, 2017. It also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments originally due on Sept. 15, 2017, and Jan. 16, 2018, and the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31, 2017. It also includes tax-exempt organizations that operate on a calendar-year basis and had an automatic extension due to run out on Nov. 15, 2017. In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after Sept. 4, 2017, and before Sept. 19, 2017, will be abated as long as the deposits are made by Sept. 19, 2017.