Tax relief available to fire and storm victims in multiple counties
The Governor has declared a state of emergency in the following counties due to various wildfires and storm damage (www.gov.ca.gov/s_proclamations.php):
- 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.
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: www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Taxes/Emergency_and_Disaster_Assistance_for_Employers.htm