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Help for Disaster Victims - 2011 Podcast text script

HI… I’M THERESA, AND I WORK FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF A SEVERE STORM… FLOOD… EARTHQUAKE… OR OTHER DISASTER… WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP.
    
IF YOUR PROPERTY IS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED…YOU MAY BE ABLE TO CLAIM A CASUALTY LOSS ON YOUR TAX RETURN.
     
THAT’S A LOSS THAT ISN’T COVERED BY INSURANCE OR OTHER REIMBURSEMENT.
    
ALSO… IF YOUR LOSS OCCURRED IN A FEDERALLY DECLARED DISASTER AREA… YOU CAN EITHER CLAIM IT ON THIS YEAR’S TAX RETURN OR LAST YEAR’S TAX RETURN.
    
THIS CAN HELP PUT MONEY IN YOUR POCKET NOW WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST.
    
IN ANY CASE… ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS TO DO IS INVENTORY YOUR PROPERTY AND TAKE PICTURES TO DOCUMENT YOUR LOST OR DAMAGED ITEMS.
    
THE IRS HAS WORKBOOKS TO HELP YOU THROUGH THIS PROCESS.
    
WE CAN ALSO SUPPLY COPIES OF YOUR TAX RETURNS OR TRANSCRIPTS TO HELP YOU RECONSTRUCT YOUR FINANCIAL RECORDS.

FINALLY… WHEN DISASTER STRIKES… IF YOU OWE MONEY TO THE I-R-S OR NEED TO FILE A TAX RETURN… CONTACT US … SO WE CAN TRY TO HELP YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
    
WE ALSO HAVE FREE TAX HELP AT MANY OF OUR OFFICES AND AT TEMPORARY FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS.
    
TO LEARN MORE… JUST GO TO W-W-W DOT I-R-S DOT GOV.

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