IRS gives storm victims more time to file taxes

IRS gives storm victims more time to file taxes

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - You have less than a week left to file your 2016 tax return.

Tax businesses are getting busier and busier as people procrastinate.

But if you're a storm victim, you've got some more time to get it all done.

Following the deadly storms and tornadoes in January, the IRS is giving storm victims extra time to file their taxes.

Storm victims in Berrien, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Turner, and Wilcox Counties have until May 31st to file taxes.

This applies for people who reside or have a business in those counties.

If you need the extension, Advanced Tax and Accounting Owner Stan Suit said you would need to file an extension request by April 18th at midnight.

"The IRS is fully aware of the zip codes that were affected by the storms," said Suit. "If you are one of those who insists on mailing a tax return in, you need to write at the top of that form 'Disaster Relief for Georgia 2017' and they will automatically grant you that extension."

Suit said, if your losses were substantial, you may be eligible for a casualty loss on your tax return.

That could help you get a much larger refund if your losses were not covered by insurance.

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