IRS Disaster Tax Center
Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the president declares their location to be a major disaster area. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes. For more information select a topic below or you may also go tot the IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief web page.
Help During Disasters
We know that major disasters and emergencies in your area will affect many families and businesses. While we hope you are spared any loss, we realize this may not be true for everyone, and we want to let you know how the IRS can help.
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This section of our Web site provides IRS news specific to local areas, primarily disaster relief or tax provisions that affect certain states. Go to the Washington page for specific information related to the state.
Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the president declares their location to be a major disaster area.
Casualty losses can result from the destruction of or damage to your property from any sudden, unexpected, and unusual event such as a flood, hurricane, tornado, fire, earthquake or even volcanic eruption.
FAQ's for Disaster Victims
The FAQs for Disaster Victims provides current information on disaster relief and frequently asked questions. The Hurricane Katrina FAQ's are now listed separately from the general FAQ's, which are applicable to any disaster.
Reconstructing Your Records
Reconstructing records after a disaster may be essential for tax purposes, getting federal assistance or insurance reimbursement. Records that you need to prove your loss may have been damaged or destroyed in a casualty. While it may not be easy, reconstructing your records may be essential.
Publication 2194, Disaster Losses Kit for Individuals: The Disaster Losses Kit for Individuals helps individuals claim casualty losses on property that was destroyed by a natural disaster. The Kit contains tax forms needed to claim a casualty loss. It also answers common questions like how to extend the time you need to file, how you can receive free tax services and how to identify which disaster losses to claim (112 pages).
Special tax law provisions may help businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the president declares their location to be a major disaster area.
Publication 2194B is a Disaster Losses Kit to help business claim casualty losses on property that has been destroyed by a natural disaster. The kit contains tax forms needed to claim a casualty loss. (82 pages)
This section offers helpful tax tips including whether crop insurance and crop disaster payments are taxable.
Disaster Relief Resource Center for Tax Professionals
Through the Resource Center for Tax Professionals we address many of the questions received from tax professionals. We've included information published by the IRS, along with links to IRS partners who may offer additional assistance. Many of our partners have developed Web pages that highlight the efforts they've made to help their fellow practitioners to recover and get re-established.
Disaster Assistance Self-Study
The Disaster Assistance Self-Study provides the basic information needed to assist taxpayers in a disaster. It provides the volunteer practitioner disaster representative member with information on distributing Disaster Kits, computing gains/losses as the result of a disaster, information about administrative tax relief and information about the psychological effects of a disaster on its victims.
After a disaster or in another emergency hardship situation, people may be interested in using a charitable organization to help victims. The IRS provides a number of resources to help them accomplish this goal.
This publication describes how members of the public can use charitable organizations to provide assistance to victims of disasters or other emergency hardship situations.
This brochure highlights federal tax treatment of disaster area losses for individuals and business owners.
Publication 547 explains how to treat casualties, thefts, and losses on deposits. It discusses definitions, how to figure gain or loss, how to treat reimbursements, and how to report them.
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