IRS Extends Tax Deadline Until October 16th in Some Disaster Areas

The Internal Revenue Service has extended the tax deadline for disaster area taxpayers in most of California, and parts of Alabama and Georgia as well, until Oct. 16.  California has endured catastrophic levels of flooding, as well as mudslides, landslides and severe winter storms this year after a series of wildfires last year. Alabama and Georgia also endured severe storms and tornadoes last month.  In January, the IRS had announced extensions of the tax deadline until May 15 for all three states and has now expanded the deadline through Oct. 16.

In January and February, the IRS included taxpayers who reside or have a business in Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Diego, San Francisco, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura and Yolo Counties in California as qualifying for tax relief.

Individuals and households that reside or have a business in Butts, Henry, Jasper, Meriwether, Newton, Spalding and Troup Counties in Georgia, and Autauga and Dallas Counties in Alabama could also qualify for tax relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the Tax Relief in Disaster Situations page on

The extra relief postpones until Oct. 16, a number of filing and payment deadlines, including those for most calendar-year 2022 individual and business returns. That includes individual income tax returns that originally came due on April 18, along with different business returns, normally due on March 15 and April 18, and returns of tax-exempt organizations, typically due May 15. That means eligible taxpayers will also get until Oct. 16 to make 2022 contributions to their IRAs and health savings accounts.

The Oct. 16 deadline also applies to the estimated tax payment for the fourth quarter of 2022, originally due Jan. 17, 2023. Therefore, taxpayers can skip making this payment and instead include it with the 2022 return they file, on or before Oct. 16.  The Oct. 16 deadline also applies to 2023 estimated tax payments, usually due April 18, June 15 and Sept. 15. It also applies to the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Jan. 31, April 30 and July 31.

Taxpayers in the affected areas don’t need to file any extension paperwork, and they don’t need to call the IRS to qualify for the extended time. The service automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Therefore, taxpayers don’t need to contact the agency to get this relief. However, if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, they should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.

The information presented here should not be construed as legal, tax, accounting, or valuation advice. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice and after a thorough examination of the particular situation.