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Tax relief available to fire and storm victims in multiple counties

September 11, 2017

The Governor has declared a state of emergency in the following counties due to various wildfires and storm damage (

  • Butte County for the Ponderosa Fire;
  • Los Angeles County for the La Tuna Fire;
  • Madera County for the Mission and Railroad Fires;
  • Mariposa County for the Peak and Railroad Fires;
  • Siskiyou County for storm damage resulting from December 2016 and January 2017 storms (announced August 29, 2017);
  • Trinity County for the Helena Fire; and
  • Tulare County for the Pier Fire.

Taxpayers impacted by the fires or storm damage may be able to claim a disaster loss throwback election on an amended California 2016 return even though the counties were not declared a disaster area by the President.

EDD relief

Employers in Butte, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Trinity, and Tulare counties directly affected by the fires may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. Written requests for extension must be received within 60 days of the original delinquent date of the payment or return to file/pay.

More information from the EDD can be found at:


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