The IRS announced on Tuesday, January 11, 2023 that for a number of counties in California, they have extended the upcoming tax deadline to May 15, 2023.

Within the notice the IRS stated:

Victims of severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in California beginning January 8, 2023, now have until May 15, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The affected areas include : Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba counties qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain tax-filing and tax-payment deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after January 8, 2023, and before May 15, 2023, are granted additional time to file through May 15, 2023. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until May 15 to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This includes 2022 individual income tax returns due on April 18, as well as various 2022 business returns normally due on March 15 and April 18. Among other things, this means that eligible taxpayers will have until May 15 to make 2022 contributions to their IRAs and health savings accounts.

The May 15 deadline also applies to the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on January 31, 2023. In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after January 8, 2023, and before January 23, 2023, will be abated as long as the tax deposits are made by November 22, 2023.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies filing and payment relief.

IRS gives affected taxpayers until May 15, 2023, to file most tax returns (including individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; annual information returns of tax-exempt organizations; and employment and certain excise tax returns), that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after January 8, 2023, and before May 15, 2023, are granted additional time to file through May 15, 2023.

Currently we do not have similar relief from the state of California.  As of now,  California filing and payment obligations have not changed.

If you have any questions, please contact your LSL advisor.   We can answer questions regarding your specific situation and confirm if this relief applies to you and your business.

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