Impact of Hurricane Ida on Tax Filing Dates

It has been a period of time since I last published a blog but I am hoping that this starts more frequent publications. I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes during my rehab from surgery and for the understanding when I was out of the office. I did my best to try and keep up with everything while I was home.

This write up deals with Hurricane Ida and the relief that is being afforded to taxpayers in designated federal disaster areas. I hope that Hurricane Ida did not cause any damage to you or your property. If you were affected by Ida, please give me a call and we can discuss what relief if any you may get from the tax code. For the residents of the State of New Jersey, if you reside in any of the following counties, the IRS is offering specific filing relief to you – whether individually or a business. These counties were made part of the New Jersey Disaster Declaration as of September 11, 2021.

  • Bergen
  • Essex
  • Gloucester
  • Hudson
  • Hunterdon
  • Mercer
  • Morris
  • Passaic
  • Somerset
  • Union

If you have a tax return that is due after August 26, 2021 the return is not due until January 3, 2022. This covers business that have a valid extension or individuals that have a valid extension. In addition, estimated tax payments due on September 15, 2021 is now due January 3, 2022.

Your zip code will be used by the IRS to identify if you are in a federally declared disaster area. You do not have to do anything if your zip code is part of the aforementioned counties. If you do not live in New Jersey you can concur with the FEMA website to see if your area has been designated a federal disaster area due to the effect of Hurricane Ida which would then afford you the relief offered by the IRS. I am currently waiting for notification that all computer software has been updated for this relief. Please be patient if this affects you.

Feel free to reach out to me to discuss your situation. Be safe and well everyone.

Harry E. Hunter
Hunter Consulting, Inc.