The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday said that victims of Hurricane Ida, including all Louisiana residents, have until Jan. 3, 2022 to file individual and business tax returns and make payments due after Aug. 26.

The relief applies to individuals and businesses in any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as qualifying for public assistance related to the hurricane. That currently includes all of Louisiana, as well as parts of Texas, Alabama and Mississippi.

“During this difficult time, the IRS stands ready to help victims of Hurricane Ida,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement. “We want people affected by this devastating hurricane focused on their safety and recovery for themselves and their families.”

The relief means that any tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Aug. 26 are now postponed. Any individual who received extensions to file 2020 taxes on Oct. 15 will receive three additional months, until Jan. 3, the IRS said.

Still, because any owed taxes still needed to be paid by May 17 regardless of whether an individual filed an extension, those payments are not eligible for this relief.

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