IRS Grants Filing and Payment Extension for Taxpayers Affected by Boston Marathon Tragedy

5/1/2013 | Written by: Karen Reed, EA

The IRS has granted a three month tax filing and payment extension to taxpayers affected by the Boston Marathon explosions that occurred on Tax Day. All individuals who live in Suffolk County, MA, which includes the city of Boston, are eligible for this extension. Victims and their families as well as first responders and others who were adversely affected are also eligible.

Under the relief, eligible taxpayers have until July 15th, 2013, to file their 2012 income tax returns and pay any taxes that would have been due on April 15th. Penalties and interest will not be assessed on payments made by July 15th.

Suffolk County residents have received an automatic extension. Eligible taxpayers living outside the county must call the IRS at 866-562-5227 to claim the relief.

An additional extension is available for those who need more time. Form 4868 may be filed by July 15, 2013, to extend the individual tax filing due date to October 15th.