Storm gives another day of tax grace

April 18, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Internal Revenue Service and the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia extended the deadline to file taxes until midnight Thursday for people who were affected by the nor'easter earlier this week, state and federal tax officials said Tuesday.

The normal filing deadline was midnight Tuesday.

Taxpayers affected by the storm are instructed to mark the top of their state and federal paper tax returns with the words "April 16 Storm" to prevent incurring late filing and payment penalties, tax officials said.

E-filers can use the software's "disaster" feature.

"If people feel they were impacted, they should definitely claim it," said Christine Duray, a Comptroller of Maryland spokeswoman.

On Sunday and Monday, the nor'easter pounded the East Coast with heavy rains, winds and below-average temperatures.

Several people were unable to file after the storm left homes without electricity, Duray said.

The storm also made it impossible for some taxpayers who were traveling to make it home in time to file, she said.


Thomas W. Wolf, Pennsylvania's acting secretary of revenue, said Tuesday that the extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

The Internal Revenue Service Web site states that people are not required to attach a justification to their tax returns.

Estimated tax payments for individuals and businesses do not qualify for the extension, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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