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IRS Announces Tax Deadline Extension for Boston-Area Taxpayers

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In the wake of the tragic bombings that occurred in Boston on Monday, April 15, the IRS announced today a three-month tax filing and payment extension to provide relief to Boston-area taxpayers and others affected by Monday’s explosions.

The relief will give eligible taxpayers until July 15, 2013 to file their 2012 tax returns and pay taxes that were due on April 15th without incurring filing and payment penalties.  Interest penalties, however, will still apply to any payments made after the April 15 tax deadline.

Who is Eligible for Relief?

The relief applies to individual taxpayers who live in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, including the city of Boston.  In addition, victims, their families, first responders, taxpayers whose tax preparers were affected, and individuals living outside Suffolk County who were impacted will be eligible for relief.

How Do You Get an Extension?

If you live in Suffolk County, the IRS will automatically provide you an extension and no further action is necessary.  If you live outside Suffolk County, you can call the IRS beginning Tuesday, April 23 at 1-866-562-5227 to claim relief.

If eligible, you may also receive an additional extension, to October 15, as long as you file extension Form 4868 by July 15, 2013.

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