10.17.16

Following Request from Burr and Tillis, IRS Grants Flexibility to Taxpayers Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today granted additional flexibility to North Carolina taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Matthew after Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging him to extend the quarterly tax filing deadline for residents affected by the devastating storm.

Hurricane Matthew victims in many North Carolina counties now have until March 15, 2017, to file certain individual and business tax returns.

“This is welcome news for the North Carolina taxpayers who have been impacted by this devastating storm,” said Senator Burr. “I am so glad that the IRS upheld my request to give this relief to North Carolinians, so they can begin to rebuild without worrying about the impending tax deadline.”

“Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding have taken a tremendous toll on North Carolinians, leaving many without a livable home or place of business,” said Senator Tillis. “That’s why Senator Burr and I urged the IRS to extend the quarterly tax filing deadline, and I’m happy they have decided to grant this relief to North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Matthew.”

The following North Carolina counties are eligible for this relief:

Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson

In their letter, Senators Burr and Tillis wrote:

“As we have witnessed firsthand by visiting these areas, the disaster in North Carolina is still ongoing, making it very difficult to begin the recovery process or fully assess the damages inflicted on our state. Many taxpayers in these areas are facing a tax filing deadline this Monday, October 17, and the threat of onerous penalties if they do not meet it. The flooding and effects of Hurricane Matthew make the task of meeting the deadlines nearly impossible for them. We ask that you take immediate action to use the authority available in statute to provide relief to these taxpayers in North Carolina as soon as possible.”

The full text of the letter can be viewed online here.

For additional information from the IRS, click here.