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Friday, September 2, 2005

IRS Expands Tax Resources Available to Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Irs_logo_125Katrina_image_clearThe IRS yesterday added to the tax resources available to the victims of Hurricane Katrina:

      • IR-2005-88: IRS Creates Disaster Relief Toll-Free Number (1-866-562-5227):

Taxpayers can call the special number Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm local time. Callers to this dedicated telephone line can find out about available tax relief, get free copies of their tax return transcripts and receive Disaster Tax Loss Kits. Callers may also be referred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s assistance lines for additional help.

  • IR-2005-86: IRS Urges Citizens to Seek Qualified Charities for Katrina Help:

Citizens seeking to make donations to help Hurricane Katrina victims should seek out qualified charities, the Internal Revenue Service said today. People who have a specific charity in mind can make sure that it is a qualified charity by searching an IRS-approved list available on the IRS Web site.

  • New Web Page: Hurricane Katrina: Information on Charitable Giving, Tax-Relief Issues:

The Internal Revenue Service is working to provide appropriate relief and assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and information to their fellow citizens who want to help. Please check this page periodically for updates.

  • These resources are in addition to IR-2005-84: IRS Grants Tax Relief for Hurricane Katrina Victims, blogged here on Wednesday:

The Internal Revenue Service today announced special relief for taxpayers in the Presidential Disaster Areas struck by Hurricane Katrina. These taxpayers generally will have until Oct. 31, 2005, to file tax returns and submit tax payments. The IRS will abate interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. This relief includes the Sept. 15 due date for estimated taxes and for calendar-year corporate returns with automatic extensions.

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