Florida and Georgia Eligible for Disaster Tax Relief

September 21, 2017

Taxpayers in Florida and Georgia who were affected by Hurricane Irma have now been granted tax deadline extensions.

Most tax filing and payment deadlines have been moved to January 31, 2018. The extension includes any individual and corporate taxpayers with deadlines and payments due on or after the Florida start date (September 4, 2017) or the Georgia start date (September 7, 2017) and before January 31, 2018. This includes, but is not limited to, deadlines for:

  • Taxpayers who already had a valid extension to file their 2016 returns by September 15, 2017, (corporate) or October 16, 2017 (individual)
  • Quarterly estimated income tax payments that were originally due on September 15, 2017, and January 16, 2018
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns that were originally due on October 31, 2017

Penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits that were due on or after the start dates and before September 19, 2017, will be abated, as long as the deposits were made by September 19, 2017. The IRS has also committed to waiving fees and expediting requests for copies of tax returns for impacted taxpayers. However, no extension has been provided for payroll tax deposits required after September 19, 2017, or for payments on balances due with returns whose original due date was prior to the date when Hurricane Irma hit.

The state of Florida has provided an extension of time for the filing of most sales and use and fuel tax returns through September 29, 2017, and for corporate income tax returns and estimated payments through February 15, 2018.

The state of Georgia has provided an extension of time for the filing of most sales and use, payroll and income tax returns through January 31, 2018.

The full IRS statement about the Georgia deadline extensions is available at Other tax information and resources are available in our latest hurricane resources alert, which we are updating regularly with information for all the areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.