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Tax relief available to fire victims


The President has issued a major disaster declaration for areas of Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties devastated by the recent Camp, Hill, and Woolsey fires.

In addition to providing other forms of relief, the disaster declaration allows taxpayers to make a throwback election to claim disaster losses on their 2017 California and federal tax returns to secure faster refunds.

EDD relief

Employers in the impacted counties who are directly affected by the listed disaster 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

CDTFA relief

Emergency tax or fee relief is available from the CDTFA for business owners and feepayers directly affected by disasters. Relief may include the extension of tax return due dates for up to three months, relief of penalty and interest, or replacement copies of records lost due to disasters.

For more information, see:

www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/state-of-emergency-tax-relief.htm