The IRS extended the tax filing deadline to May 15 for 41 of 58 California counties, including Los Angeles.
The counties that were affected by the barrage of rain and listed as disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be given the extra time to file both their federal and state taxes.
“The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on January 8, 2023,” The IRS wrote in a press release Wednesday. “As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until May 15, 2023, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period.”
Changing the tax filing deadline is consistent with the federal assistance granted after Biden declared a state of emergency in California, Monday. Deadline extensions are typically given for natural disasters across the country and have previously been given to California counties who were affected by wildfires in 2021.
The state has been hit with six atmospheric rivers to start the new year, with three more expected over the weekend. It is estimated that 24 trillion gallons of rainfall struck the state, causing severe flooding issues, destruction of property, destruction of roads, destruction due to wind-fallen trees and poles, and mudslides in foothill areas. In comparison, Hurricane Katrina was estimated 2.3 trillion gallons of rainfall.
Counties not listed will still be required to file on April 18.
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