DRS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL STORM FILING AND PAYMENT EXTENSIONS
State Extensions Intended to Mirror Certain Federal Extensions
Hartford – Following the Presidential Disaster Declaration for Connecticut and filing and tax payment extensions announced by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) announced additional state extensions that mirror certain federal extensions.
DRS Deputy Commissioner Joseph Mooney said, “On September 6, the IRS announced tax relief for victims of Tropical Storm Irene in Connecticut. Specifically, the IRS extended certain filing and payment deadlines falling on or after August 27 and on or before October 31 to October 31, 2011. Because certain Connecticut state tax returns are tied directly to federal tax returns impacted by the recently announced extensions, DRS will extend the filing and payment dates for these state tax returns to correspond to the federal extensions.”
The dues dates for all applicable estimates, extensions and returns originally due on or after August 27 and on or before October 31, have been extended to October 31, 2011. Payments by electronic funds transfer must be initiated no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 28 to be considered timely.
The tax types granted filing and payment extensions to October 31 are:
• Connecticut Individual Income Tax: CT-1040 series
• Connecticut Corporation Business Tax: CT-1120 series
• Connecticut Income Tax for Trusts and Estates: CT-1041 series
• Connecticut Composite Income Tax: CT-1065/1120SI
• Connecticut Unrelated Business Income Tax: CT-990T series
Deputy Commissioner Mooney said the previously announced filing extension of September 13, 2011 remains in effect for the following Connecticut taxes:
• Sales and use tax,
• Business use tax,
• Room occupancy tax,
• Admission and dues tax,
• Alcoholic beverage tax,
• Tourism surcharge,
• Weekly income tax withholding,
• Gift and Estate
Please note that for those filings now due September 13, 2011, they must be mailed and postmarked by midnight on September 13, 2011. Payments by electronic funds transfer must be initiated no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 12 to be considered timely.
DRS Deputy Commissioner Mooney encourages taxpayers who have been impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and are unable to comply with their tax obligations to contact DRS for assistance.
For information about various tax matters, visit the DRS website at www.ct.gov/DRS. Customer service callers should dial (800) 382-9463 (within Connecticut, but outside the Greater Hartford area) or (860) 297-5962 (from anywhere).
Media inquiries only should be directed to the communications office at (860) 297-5610 or email@example.com.
The President has declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.
The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after Aug. 27, and on or before Oct. 31, have been postponed to Oct. 31, 2011. This includes corporations and other businesses that previously obtained an extension until Sept. 15 to file their 2010 returns, and individuals and businesses that received a similar extension until Oct. 17. It also includes the estimated tax payment for the third quarter, normally due Sept. 15.
In addition, the IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after Aug. 27, and on or before Sept. 12, as long as the deposits are made by Sept. 12, 2011.
If an affected taxpayer receives a penalty notice from the IRS, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate any interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. Penalties or interest will be abated only for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date, including an extended filing or payment due date, that falls within the postponement period.
The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.
Covered Disaster Area
The counties listed above constitute a covered disaster area for purposes of Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(2) and are entitled to the relief detailed below.
Taxpayers considered to be affected taxpayers eligible for the postponement of time to file returns, pay taxes and perform other time-sensitive acts are those taxpayers listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(1), and include individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in the covered disaster area. Taxpayers not in the covered disaster area, but whose records necessary to meet a deadline listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c) are in the covered disaster area, are also entitled to relief. In addition, all relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activities in the covered disaster area and any individual visiting the covered disaster area who was killed or injured as a result of the disaster are entitled to relief.
Grant of Relief
Under section 7508A, the IRS gives affected taxpayers until Oct. 31 to file most tax returns (including individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; and employment and certain excise tax returns), or to make tax payments, including estimated tax payments, that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after Aug. 27 and on or before Oct. 31.
The IRS also gives affected taxpayers until Oct. 31 to perform other time-sensitive actions described in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c)(1) and Rev. Proc. 2007-56, 2007-34 I.R.B. 388 (Aug. 20, 2007), that are due to be performed on or after Aug. 27 and on or before Oct. 31.
This relief also includes the filing of Form 5500 series returns, in the manner described in section 8 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56. The relief described in section 17 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56, pertaining to like-kind exchanges of property, also applies to certain taxpayers who are not otherwise affected taxpayers and may include acts required to be performed before or after the period above.
The postponement of time to file and pay does not apply to information returns in the W-2, 1098, 1099 series, or to Forms 1042-S or 8027. Penalties for failure to timely file information returns can be waived under existing procedures for reasonable cause. Likewise, the postponement does not apply to employment and excise tax deposits. The IRS, however, will abate penalties for failure to make timely employment and excise tax deposits due on or after Aug. 27 and on or before Sept. 12 provided the taxpayer makes these deposits by Sept. 12.
Affected taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return for either this year or last year. Claiming the loss on an original or amended return for last year will get the taxpayer an earlier refund, but waiting to claim the loss on this year’s return could result in a greater tax saving, depending on other income factors.
Individuals may deduct personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements. For details, see Form 4684 and its instructions.
Affected taxpayers claiming the disaster loss on last year’s return should put the Disaster Designation “Connecticut/Tropical Storm Irene” at the top of the form so that the IRS can expedite the processing of the refund.
The IRS will waive the usual fees and expedite requests for copies of previously filed tax returns for affected taxpayers. Taxpayers should put the assigned Disaster Designation in red ink at the top of Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, as appropriate, and submit it to the IRS.
Affected taxpayers who are contacted by the IRS on a collection or examination matter should explain how the disaster impacts them so that the IRS can provide appropriate consideration to their case.
Taxpayers may download forms and publications from the official IRS website, irs.gov, or order them by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). The IRS toll-free number for general tax questions is 1-800-829-1040.
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