The tax law may help you recover financially from a disaster, especially if you are located in a presidentially declared major disaster area. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may give you additional time to file your return and pay taxes. Also, individuals and businesses in a presidentially declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the previous year's tax return, usually by filing an amended return.
Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. (PDF)
Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters and Thefts. Information on how to figure and claim a disaster loss (PDF). Also available in HTML.
Publication 584, Casualty, Disaster and Theft Loss Workbook (PDF). Also available in HTML.
Publication 584B, Business Casualty, Disaster and Theft Loss Workbook (PDF). Also available in HTML.
Publication 1600, Disaster Losses: Presidentially Declared Disaster Area (PDF).
Publication 2194, Disaster Losses Kit for Individuals (PDF).
Publication 3067, Disaster Assistance (PDF).
Publication 3833, Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance through Charitable Organizations (PDF).