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Tax relief for federally declared disaster areas

Learn how to get IRS tax relief, including a tax-filing extension and an expedited refund if you were affected by a federally declared disaster.

Get more time to file and pay your taxes after a disaster

You may be eligible for an extension to file your return and pay your tax bill if you are in a federally declared disaster area. In most cases, you will not need to request an extension. You will get it automatically.

Get a refund faster by claiming your losses after a disaster

To get a faster tax refund, you will need to claim your losses from a disaster. 

Learn more about disaster tax relief

You can find additional tax and disaster information from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS). This independent organization within the IRS offers a variety of tax-related resources.

Search the TAS website for disaster relief and preparedness tips such as:

  • Finding updated tax information related to recent disasters
  • Protecting tax records and documenting assets before a disaster strikes
  • Reconstructing tax records if they were lost or destroyed

For more information, you can also call the IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227.

LAST UPDATED: January 9, 2024


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