The Internal Revenue Service said late Monday that California wildfire victims now have until Dec. 15 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.
“We’ve burnt 1.2 million acres since just a week or so ago,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday. There are currently 625 fires being battled statewide by some 14,000 firefighters and 2,400 engines.
“We’ve lost seven lives so far and over 1,200 reported structures. There’s no question there are more structures that have been damaged,” Newsom added.
The IRS is offering the relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual assistance.
Counties now with this FEMA designation include Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo. But taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief, the IRS said.
The list of eligible localities is available on the disaster relief page of IRS.gov.
The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Aug. 14, 2020.
“As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until Dec. 15, 2020, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period,” the IRS said.