In a new IRS press release, the IRS announced that Haiti relief workers would qualify for combat zone tax deadline extensions. Along with military personnel and designated civilians, Haiti relief workers are now being given an additional 180 days to file returns and pay any taxes due.
Deadlines for taking care of a variety of federal tax matters are automatically extended for persons serving in a combat zone or a contingency operation. Operation Unified Response is a contingency operation, thus giving designated persons providing earthquake relief in Haiti the same extensions that are available to military and support personnel serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zone localities.
This relief applies to members of the military, Red Cross personnel, accredited correspondents, and civilian support personnel acting under the direction of the Armed Forces. In most cases, the relief also applies to spouses.
Normally, eligible taxpayers have at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone or contingency operation area to take care of various tax-related matters. For Operation Unified Response and the Haiti earthquake, these tax-related matters include:
- Filing a 2009 federal income tax return,
- Paying tax due for 2009,
- Making a 2009 IRA contribution, and
- Making a quarterly estimated tax payment for 2010
Check out the full release at IRS.gov….