Recap of tax deadline extension for many locals
After the severe rain storms of March, the Internal Revenue Service granted the May 11 extension to residents and businesses in Massachusetts counties that were declared federal disaster areas. The Massachusetts counties that were declared disaster areas are Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester (see the map at the bottom of this article).
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue also said it would grant the May 11 deadline extension for state tax returns; the extension also applies to residents and businesses in those counties.
As the department notes on its website, frequently asked questions by taxpayers include: "Do I have to do anything other than file my tax return by May 11? Do I have to request permission to do this, or offer proof of storm damage?"
Said the department, "The answer to all these questions is 'no.'"
An IRS press release on the federal tax deadline extension noted that its computer systems "automatically identify taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and apply automatic filing and payment relief."
The IRS tax-free phone number for general tax questions is 1-800-829-1040.
If you live or have a business in a Massachusetts community that was not included in a disaster area, then your tax deadline is April 15, the IRS said.
Despite the extended deadlines, the IRS is encouraging tax payers who live in federally declared areas to observe the traditional April 15 deadline if they were not severely impacted by the storms.
Image from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue website.