IRS delays filing deadlines for some in RI and Mass.
Many taxpayers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are breathing a little easier after the IRS decided to postpone tax filings for residents and businesses in counties that were declared federal disaster areas following the recent storms - and taxpayers don't have to prove they suffered damage.
Seven Massachusetts and four Rhode Island counties have been declared disaster areas, and residents and businesses in those locations don't have to file their federal taxes until May 11, instead of the traditional deadline of April 15, the Internal Revenue Service said.
Taxpayers who live or do business in those counties do not have to demonstrate to the IRS that they have been severely affected by the recent storms; IRS computer systems automatically identify taxpayers located in disaster areas and apply automatic filing and payment relief.
Nevertheless, the IRS is encouraging taxpayers who either avoided damage or who were not badly harmed to file by April 15. No counties in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine have yet been grant federal tax deadline extensions, an IRS spokeswoman said.
Parts of New Hampshire are still being evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and depending on the FEMA analysis, it's possible that the IRS could later decide to extend the deadline for some New Hampshire taxpayers, the IRS spokeswoman said.
The Massachusetts counties where taxpayers are eligible for the extended deadline are Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester, the IRS said in a press release. The Rhode Island counties where taxpayers are eligible for the extended deadline are Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington, the IRS said in another press release.
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has said it will also extend state tax deadlines from April 15 until May 11 for residents and businesses in the Massachusetts counties that have been declared as federal disaster areas.