Storms, wildfires and flooding damage have pushed back the tax filing deadlines for most Californians.
The new deadline of Oct. 16 applies to California and federal individual and business tax returns and payments. The Franchise Tax Board said taxpayers who suffered financial losses to storm damage also could be eligible to claim those losses on their tax returns.
The IRS said the extension includes most 2022 individual and business returns originally due April 18. Other business returns, normally due on March 15 and April 18, and returns of tax-exempt organizations typically due on May 15, also were extended.
The IRS and the state are offering relief to residents living in areas designated as disaster zones by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The list of counties includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside in addition to 37 others.
The other counties that qualify for tax relief include Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba counties.
How will the IRS know if you qualify? The agency said it will automatically identify taxpayers located in the covered disaster areas. If you’re a taxpayer who resides or has a business located outside the disaster area, be sure to call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request the extension.
For more information on those seeking information on various payroll and excise tax returns, go to irs.gov and look for “tax alerts and news.”
Samantha Gowen | Business Editor Samantha Gowen is the business editor for the Southern California News Group. Gowen joined The Orange County Register in October 2000, arriving from South Florida just days before the presidential election imploded. (Remember hanging chads?) She held a variety of roles — copy editor, pets editor, trending and car culture reporter and page designer — before joining the Business team as deputy editor in 2014. Her team specializes in real estate, the economy, and jobs coverage.