We are one month into Hurricane Season, and the IRS wants people to know they are here to help! Below you will find six things you can do to prepare for a natural disaster, and use in the case of a disaster.
- Plan Early. As the saying goes, “those who fail, fail to plan.” The IRS has a specific page dedicated to preparing for disasters before disaster actually strikes. The page highlights paperless record keeping and documenting valuables and equipment.
- Federally Declared Disasters. The IRS puts special tax law provisions in place that may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially when the government declares their location to be a major disaster area. These can include extensions for filing and paying taxes. For more about Special tax law provisions, click here.
- Rush Your Refund . If you are in a federally declared disaster area, you can file a claim for the damage done by disasters on the previous year’s tax return. In most cases, you will do this by filing an amended return.
- Disaster Declarations . If you feel that you have been the victim of a disaster, and want to see if you’re eligible for tax relief, check this page of the IRS website.
- Check Disasters by State. Check disasters by local area using this site. If you need to contact your local office, find their contact information here.
- Charities and Relief Resources. If you would like to start or find a charity or other disaster relief contributor, take a look at this resource from the IRS.
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