Tax Relief for Disaster Areas


The Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") and the Missouri Department of Revenue have postponed many tax deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in any Missouri county declared a "disaster area" by the Federal government. These counties currently include:



New Madrid

St. Louis


The IRS has the authority to extend due dates for other declared disaster areas. It is likely that counties affected by recent tornadoes will also be granted relief. But no such action had been taken at the time that this Client Alert was drafted.

For affected taxpayers, the time to file returns, pay taxes and perform other time-sensitive matters identified by the Treasury Regulations has been postponed. Relief is also extended to those taxpayers whose books, records or tax professionals' offices are in a disaster area.

Granted Relief

An extension until June 30 to file most income tax (e.g. Form 1040 and Form 1120) and informational returns (e.g. Form 1065) and to make tax payments that have a due date occurring on or after April 19 and on or before June 30.

An extension to file Form 5500 series returns that have a due date occurring on or after April 19 and on or before June 30.

An extension of certain like-kind exchange requirements that have a due date occurring on or after April 19 and on or before June 30.

A choice of claiming casualty losses on the 2011 return or filing an amended 2010 return.

Excluded Relief

There is no extension for the time to file or pay for Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 series, 1042-S or 8027. The IRS, however, may waive penalties for failure to file these returns upon showing reasonable cause.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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