IRS allows storm victims to file taxes late

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service is extending the tax filing deadline for victims of the storms that moved through the state two weeks ago, including a tornado that cut a six-mile path through Atlanta.

Taxpayers who live in those counties declared disaster areas, including DeKalb and Fulton counties, who were affected by the storms now have until May 19th to file tax returns or make tax payments.

People whose books, records or tax professionals are in the disaster area also are eligible for an extension, along with relief workers who gave aid with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.

Affected taxpayers must put "Georgia Severe Storms and Tornadoes" at the top of their return.

In addition to DeKalb and Fulton counties, federal officials have declared the following counties as eligible to receive disaster funds: Bartow, Burke, Floyd, Jefferson, Polk and Jefferson.

The tornado ripped downtown Atlanta March 14th, killing one person, injuring at least 27 people and causing millions of dollars worth of damage.

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