IRS Announces Tax Relief For Taxpayers Affected By Hurricane Harvey

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced significant tax relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Those in Texas who have been affected by the storm have until January 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. This includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions through October 16, and businesses with extensions through September 15.

Currently, the IRS said that affected taxpayers in Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Jackson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and Wharton counties would receive this and other special tax relief. Locations in other states are expected to be added in coming days, based on damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). I'll update the list of affected counties as information is made available.

"This has been a devastating storm, and the IRS will move quickly to provide tax relief to hurricane victims," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The IRS will continue to closely monitor the storm's aftermath, and we anticipate providing additional relief for other affected areas in the near future."