IRS, Treasury offer relief for victims

IRS, Treasury offer relief for victims

The IRS and the Treasury Department are letting taxpayers directly affected by Tuesday's terrorist attacks postpone their payments.

Those eligible include relief workers, victims aboard the crashed jetliners, taxpayers who worked in the disaster areas and those whose records were maintained in the disaster areas, IRS spokeswoman Tamara Ward said.

The agencies are also offering relief to taxpayers in the five boroughs of New York City that were declared disaster areas, and those in Arlington County, Va., also a disaster area.

Affected taxpayers who have an original filing deadline between Sept. 11 and Nov. 30 now have an additional six months plus 120 days to file returns, Ward said.

Taxpayers who currently have extensions that expire between Sept. 11 and Nov. 30 have 120 additional days to file.

Individual taxpayers whose estimated tax payments are due Sept. 17 can postpone paying until their final estimated payments for tax year 2001, due Jan. 15, 2002.

Affected businesses with estimated tax payments due after Sept. 10 and before Jan. 15, 2002, can postpone payment until Jan. 15.

For the next six months, the IRS will suspend enforcement activities such as levies, seizures and summonses for the affected taxpayers, Ward said.

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