Filing Deadline for Disaster Victims Extended 18 Oct 11

Taxpayers affected by recent federal disasters have until October 31st to file state income tax returns.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced taxpayers filing under the extension granted for federal returns by the IRS are being allowed the same extension for state returns.

The department will allow taxpayers affected by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and the Texas wildfires extra time, until October 31st, to file state income tax returns and make payments for income tax returns that were due by the October 15th extension filing deadline.

Those who meet the October 31st deadline and are assessed penalties or interest should request an abatement of penalty and interest. If you receive a notification that you have been assessed penalty and interest, please follow the instructions for abatement which are found on the department notification you received.

Tax forms, options for electronically filing and paying and additional information are available on the department’s website at www.taxes.state.mn.uswww.taxes.state.mn.us. For questions, please call 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094.

For information on the latest federal tax relief available and disaster loss kits for individuals and businesses, go to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website at www.irs.gov www.irs.gov and search for “disaster assistance.”