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Tax Relief in Disaster Situations1

Donna Davis2

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As a Florida resident, my family had firsthand experience with hurricane recovery. But while joining the world in watching the plight of the people of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina, I realized how fortunate we had been. When disaster strikes, regardless of the magnitude, trying to pick up the pieces and getting your family's life back in order can be overwhelming.

The IRS offers disaster victims a Disaster Losses Kit to help claim unreimbursed losses on property destroyed by a natural disaster. Forms provided in the kit can help you sort through what was lost or destroyed and help prepare you for insurance claims as well as federal funding that is made available to victims of federally declared disaster areas. The IRS understands that tax records may have been lost or destroyed and can provide copies or transcripts of previously filed tax returns free of charge. The required form, in addition to many other helpful guides and forms, is included in the Disaster Kit.

Special tax law provisions were also granted for additional relief to disaster victims, including additional time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a declared disaster area can also get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return. For more information, go to

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Internal Revenue Service. (2007). Tax relief in disaster situations. Retrieved July 28, 2007, from,,id=108362,00.html



This document is FAR9043, one of a series of the Family Youth and Community Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Broadcast as program 271 and published March 2009. Reviewed January 2015. In the interest of time and/or clarity, the broadcast version of this script may have been modified. Visit the EDIS website at


Donna Davis, senior producer, Family Album Radio, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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