Idaho State Tax Commission

Tax Commission News Release

Idaho grants tax relief to victims of recent disasters

BOISE, IDAHO — Sept. 4, 2020 — The Idaho State Tax Commission is extending deadlines to file and pay taxes for victims of Hurricane Laura, the California wildfires, and the Iowa derecho. 

For taxpayers from designated disaster areas affected by Hurricane Laura, the tax relief postpones tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on August 22, 2020. As a result, those taxpayers will have until December 31, 2020, to file returns and pay taxes that were originally due during this period. 

For taxpayers from designated disaster areas related to the California wildfires, the tax relief postpones tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on August 14, 2020. As a result, those taxpayers will have until December 15, 2020, to file returns and pay taxes that were originally due during this period. 

For taxpayers from designated disaster areas affected by the Iowa derecho, the tax relief postpones tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on August 10, 2020. As a result, those taxpayers will have until December 15, 2020, to file returns and pay taxes that were originally due during this period.  

Idaho is following the extended deadlines set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). That includes delaying the October 15 extended filing deadline with an additional extension to file the 2019 income tax return. However, the October 15 extension is only an extension to file, not to pay. Interest will continue to accrue on any tax that’s paid after June 15, the original Idaho income tax due date.

The deadline extensions are for all Idaho tax types, including income tax, sales tax, fuels tax, and income tax withholding. They apply to individuals and businesses in the disaster areas, as well as to those whose tax records are located there.  

The Tax Commission is offering the relief to taxpayers in any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual assistance. Up-to-date lists of eligible areas are available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.

Affected taxpayers should write “HURRICANE LAURA,” “CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES,” or “IOWA DERECHO” in red ink at the top of their tax return to qualify for the extensions. Those who file electronically should call the Tax Commission toll free at (800) 972-7660.  

These taxpayers also should call the toll-free number if they:

  • Receive penalties or are charged interest for filing late returns or paying taxes late.
  • Are in a payment plan or are working with the Tax Commission to resolve their tax debt.
  • Have questions.

 

Posted 09-04-2020
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