IRS Warns Tax Deadline Is Approaching in 3 States

Taxpayers in Rhode Island, Alaska, and Maine face a mid-July deadline to file their taxes, while some taxpayers in Massachusetts have until July 31.
IRS Warns Tax Deadline Is Approaching in 3 States
A 1040 form used by U.S. taxpayers to file an annual income tax return in a file photo. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

Taxpayers in three states face a mid-July deadline to file their taxes or make payments for the 2023 year after extensions were given over federal disaster declarations, according to the IRS.

Residents and businesses in Maine, Rhode Island, and Alaska have to submit their 2023 taxes by July 15, the revenue service warned in a recent statement. Those residents didn’t have to file their taxes like most other Americans by April 15 because of disaster declarations that were issued for severe storms, landslides, mudslides, and flooding between November 2023 and January 2024.

“As long as their address of record is in a disaster-area locality, individual and business taxpayers automatically get the extra time, without having to ask for it,” the IRS said in the statement.

Areas with the July 15 deadline include the Wrangell Cooperative Association of Alaska Tribal Nation because of landslides, storms, and mudslides in November 2023; eight counties in Maine—Cumberland, Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington, and York—due to storms and flooding in January; and four counties in Rhode Island—Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington—also because of storms and flooding in December 2023.

The IRS said that the several hundred thousand residents of those counties don’t need to contact the tax agency to file their documents and that the areas were automatically granted extra time.

“However,” the release said, “if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.”

The IRS said it will work with people who live outside of the declared disaster areas but “whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area.” Such individuals could include workers who aided in relief activities and are affiliated with a nonprofit or government organization.

Meanwhile, taxpayers in two Massachusetts counties—Bristol and Worcester—have until July 31 to file their taxes after disaster declarations were issued for those areas. People affected by the historic fires in the counties of Hawaii and Maui in Hawaii have until Aug. 7 to file their taxes, the agency said.

Some taxpayers in Ohio, including in Auglaize, Crawford, Darke, Delaware, Hancock, Licking, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Richland, and Union counties have until Sept. 3 to file their taxes, according to the IRS.

And outside the United States, some taxpayers who live or have a business in Israel or people who were affected in some manner by last year’s Hamas terrorist attacks have until Oct. 7, 2024, to file and pay, the IRS said.

If one lives in one of the impacted areas and need more time, they can apply for a new extension by using IRS Form 4868, but it has to be completed and submitted via paper. Electronic filing options aren’t available after the April 15 deadline, the IRS said.

Disaster-area taxpayers who file that form will then have until Oct. 15 to file their returns. However, the IRS noted that tax payments are still due by the July 15 deadline.

Late last month, the tax agency said that residents of several Oklahoma counties have until Nov. 1 to file their taxes and make payments. The counties include Blaine, Caddo, Cluster, Delaware, Jackson, Mayes, Muskogee, and Rogers, which were subject to federal disaster declarations due to severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that started in mid-May.

The Oklahoma relief “also includes the filing of Form 5500 series returns that were required to be filed on or after May 19, 2024, and before Nov. 1, 2024, are postponed through Nov. 1, 2024,” the IRS added.

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: