IRS: Irene victims in Berkshire and Franklin counties may qualify for tax relief

The Internal Revenue Service said that victims of Tropical Storm Irene who reside or have businesses in Berkshire and Franklin counties may qualify for tax relief.

Because the federal government has declared those two counties a disaster area, the IRS is permitted to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area.

For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after Aug. 27, and on or before Oct. 31, have been postponed to Oct. 31, the IRS said.

That deadline postponement extends to corporations and other businesses that previously obtained an extension until Sept. 15 to file their 2010 returns, and individuals and businesses that received a similar extension until Oct. 17, the IRS said.

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The special relief applies only to Massachusetts taxpayers in the two counties that were declared a federal disaster area. Taxpayers who own a vacation home, or a second home, in either Berkshire or Franklin counties, but reside somewhere else, do not qualify for the special tax relief, an IRS spokeswoman said.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief.

More information can be found on this IRS Web page.

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