States Allow Filing and Payment Extensions for Boston Marathon Victims


April 15this a stressful day for many people in the United States. Agonizing over last-minute tax returns and sprinting to the post office to ensure timely postmarks, taxpayers are harried and hurried on this annual day of chaos. This year, however, things were different. Focus was not on the chaos of tax day, but on the chaos of the events unfolding at the Boston Marathon.

In response to the tragedy, the IRS has allowed residents of Suffolk County and the city of Boston, a three month extension to submit their individual income tax returns and remit payment. The extension also applies to victims, their families, first responders, others impacted by this tragedy who live outside Suffolk County, and taxpayers whose tax preparers were adversely affected. While there will be no penalties for late submission or payment, the law still imposes interest on any tax payment submitted after the original due date.

The states have also responded to the tragedy with extensions of time to file and pay the individual income tax. Many states allow for an automatic filing extension, therefore they did not provide specific instructions to taxpayers. Three states, however, issued releases specifically addressing the extension, as listed below.

 

Original Due Date

New Due Date

Link to Release

Federal

April 15

July 15

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Announces-Three-Month-Filing,-Payment-Extension-Following-Boston-Marathon-Explosions

California

April 15

July 15

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/News_and_Events/Penalty_Waiver_Boston_Explosions.shtml

Maine

April 16

July 15

http://www.state.me.us/revenue/publications/alerts/2013/ta_apr2013_vol23_iss5.html 

Massachusetts

April 16

July 15

http://www.mass.gov/dor/tax-professionals/news-and-reports/press-releases/2013-press-releases/ma-revenue-department-expands-relief-for-taxpayers-.html 

By Melissa Fernley  

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