Tax relief available to more fire victims
The Governor has declared a state of emergency in:
- Santa Barbara County for the Alamo and Whittier fires, which started on July 6 and July 8, 2017, respectively; and
- Mariposa County for the Detwiler Fire, which started on July 16, 2017. (https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19876; https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19881)
Taxpayers impacted by the fires 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 Santa Barbara and Mariposa 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 from 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