The Governor declared a state of emergency for the Saddleridge, Sandalwood, Eagle, Reche, and Wolf wildfires that began in October 2019. Taxpayers affected by these fires have been granted an extension to file 2018 California tax returns until November 15, 2019. (FTB News Release (October 14, 2019))
The counties affected are Los Angeles and Riverside counties. This extension applies to the October 15, 2019, extended tax filing deadline for tax year 2018 California state tax returns, and the FTB will cancel interest and any late-filing or late-payment penalties that would otherwise apply.
Taxpayers can claim a disaster loss either in the tax year that the disaster occurred (2019); or by filing either an amended or original 2018 tax return. Refunds are issued more quickly for eligible claimed losses in the prior tax year.
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