Nashville, TN – The Internal Revenue Service today offered a final reminder to those affected by the 2010 floods and storms.
Those who want to seek tax relief using their 2009 federal income tax return must file or amend that return no later than April 18th, 2011. There is no filing extension available for those exercising this option.
Affected taxpayers in any of the 46 Tennessee counties declared federal disaster areas after the May 2010 floods and storms generally have the option of claiming a casualty loss on their 2009 or 2010 federal income tax return. Only those in the federally-declared counties have this option.
“The casualty loss rules for 2009 differ from those for 2010, so filers must decide which rules are the most beneficial for their own situation,” Boone said. “Those who want to use their 2009 return to claim a casualty loss that occurred in 2010 must file or amend that return by April 18th, 2011.”
Forms and publications are available at www.IRS.gov for calculating disaster losses and seeking tax breaks. Visit the “Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses” page. Taxpayers with questions about casualty losses can also call the IRS Disaster Assistance hotline toll-free at 1-866-562-5227.
Taxpayers can also visit the Legal Aid Society website, www.las.org, to read a booklet entitled, “2010 Tax Guide for Flood Victims,” or to watch a video about gathering documents needed for filing a casualty loss claim. The Legal Aid Society is not connected with the Internal Revenue Service, but both LAS and IRS have partnered with organizations and agencies to help flood victims.