Assemblyman Steve Katz, R—Yorktown, is calling on the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to follow the federal government’s lead and extend the tax filing deadlines for New Yorkers affected by Tropical Storm Irene.
“Many homeowners and employers in our region – as well as throughout our entire state – are reeling from Irene. Without power and with extensive storm damage, those with tax filings due on September 15 are compromised in their ability to meet that deadline,” said the assemblyman. “In some areas, especially where entire properties or communities have been lost, these New Yorkers deserve an extension from the state.”
The United States Internal Revenue Service recently announced that it was extending their filing deadline to October 31, 2011 for certain taxpayers in the states hit hardest by Irene, including New York State individuals or businesses which are located in a declared disaster area and that had a filing due on September 15, 2011 or October 17, 2011 as well as all those, such as small businesses, who are required to file an estimated tax payment for the third quarter of 2011 (which was scheduled to be due September 15 as well).
Furthermore, the IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits that were due on or after August 26, 2011 and on or before September 12, 2011 as long as deposits are made by September 12, 2011. As declared disaster areas, Dutchess and Westchester residents and employers are included in this extension.
To assist constituents in the 99th Assembly District, many of whom are still without power, as well as to assist all New Yorkers recovering from Irene throughout the state, Assemblyman Katz contacted the state Department of Taxation and Finance and was surprised to learn they had not also extended the filing deadline.
The Assemblyman said, “I will be contacting both the commissioner and the governor regarding this matter. There has been so much devastation felt throughout our state – anything we can do as elected officials to help New Yorkers recover and rebuild is vital and I continue to ask the residents and employers in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties to contact my office for any assistance they need.”
Constituents of the 99th Assembly District can contact Assemblyman Katz by calling 845-628-3781 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Constituents can also follow Assemblyman Katz on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information about IRS extensions and new filing deadlines, residents and employers should contact the IRS directly. Additionally, residents or employers who are located outside of a declared disaster area but need a tax-filing extension or assistance should call the IRS’ disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227.