Tax relief available to earthquake victims - Spidell

Tax relief available to earthquake victims

The President has issued disaster declarations for Kern and San Bernardino counties as a result of the July 4, 2019 and subsequent earthquakes.

As a result of these declarations, taxpayers directly impacted by these earthquakes may:

  • Make a throwback election to claim a disaster loss on their 2018 federal and California income tax returns to secure faster refunds;
  • Request a 60-day extension to file state payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes (EDD Tax Branch News #409 and #410); and
  • Receive a three-month extension to file returns with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (see