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Help for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The IRS is providing help to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Special tax relief and assistance is available to taxpayers in the Presidential Disaster Areas. We are monitoring the situation closely to resolve potential tax administration issues as they are identified. The IRS often updates its information on disaster relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey. For the latest news, check this page frequently.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

In Texas : Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, Dallas, De Witt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tarrant, Travis, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, and Wharton Counties.

In Louisiana : The parishes of Acadia, Allen, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, DeSoto, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Natchitoches, Plaquemines, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Mary, Vermilion and Vernon.

News Releases

  • IR-2017-202, IRS Provides Safe Harbors to Help Taxpayers Suffering Property Losses, Including Losses from Hurricanes
  • IR-2017-202SP, IRS provee refugio tributario a contribuyentes que sufrieron pérdidas de propiedad, para incluir pérdidas por huracanes
  • IR-2017-183, For Tax Year 2016, E-File Closes on Nov. 18; After That, Disaster Victims, Others Need to File on Paper
  • IR-2017-183SP, Para el año tributario 2016, e-File cierra el 18 de noviembre; víctimas de desastres y otros tendrán que presentar en papel luego de esa fecha
  • LA-2017-03,Tax Relief for Victims of Tropical Storm Harvey in Louisiana.
  • TX-2017-09,Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas
  • TX-2017-09SP, Ayuda tributaria para víctimas del huracán Harvey en Texas
  • IR-2017-165, Low-Income Housing Units Nationwide May be Offered to Displaced Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Other Recent Disasters
  • IR-2017-165SP, Podrían ofrecerse viviendas módicas a víctimas desplazadas por los huracanes Harvey, Irma, y otros desastres recientes
  • IR-2017-160, IRS Offers Help to Hurricane Victims: A Recap of Key Tax Relief Provisions Available Following Harvey, Irma and Maria
  • IR-2017-160SP, IRS destaca alivio tributario disponible para víctimas de huracanes Harvey, Irma y María
  • IR-2017-148, IRS Reminds Partnerships that Received Extensions: Returns Due Sept. 15 Tax Relief Available for those Affected by Hurricane Harvey; IRS Monitoring Hurricane Irma, Upcoming Deadline
  • IR-2017-143, IRS Provides Special Relief to Encourage Leave-Based Donation Programs for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
  • IR-2017-142, Update: IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty for All of Texas Due to Hurricane Harvey
  • IR-2017-141, IRS Provides Penalty Relief for Partnerships that Filed Late Returns in 2017
  • IR-2017-139, IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty Due to Hurricane Harvey
  • IR-2017-138, Retirement Plans Can Make Loans, Hardship Distributions to Victims of Hurricane Harvey
  • IR-2017-138SP, Planes de retiro pueden hacer préstamos, distribuciones por dificultad a víctimas del huracán Harvey
  • IR-2017-137, Beware of Fake Charity Scams Relating to Hurricane Harvey
  • IR-2017-137SP, Cuidado con estafas de organizaciones benéficas falsas relacionadas con el huracán Harvey 
  • IR-2017-135, IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Harvey; Parts of Texas Now Eligible; Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File
  • IR-2017-135SP, IRS otorga alivio tributario a víctimas del huracán Harvey; parte de Texas es elegible; aquellos que presentan con prórroga tienen hasta el 31 de enero

Tax Tips

  • SETT-2017-13, Tax-Exempt Organizations Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Granted Tax Relief
  • SETT-2017-13SP, Organizaciones exentas de impuestos afectadas por los huracanes Harvey e Irma recibirán alivio tributario

Legal Guidance

  • Revenue Procedure 2018-09, Provides a safe harbor method under which individuals may use one or more cost indexes to determine the amount of loss to their homes as a result of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria (2017 Hurricanes). The cost indexes provide tables with cost per square foot for Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (2017 Disaster Area).
  • Revenue Procedure 2018-08, Provides safe harbor methods that individual taxpayers may use in determining the amount of their casualty and theft losses for their homes and personal belongings. Four of the safe harbor methods may be used for any qualifying casualty or theft loss, and three are specifically applicable only to losses occurring as a result of a Federally declared disaster. 
  • Notice 2017–58, Extended Due Date under Notice 2017-10 for Participants Affected by Hurricanes
    Harvey, Irma, or Maria
  • Notice 2017-49, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief
  • Announcement 2017-11, Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Disaster relief information for charitable organizations

Other Resources

  • FS-2017-11, Reconstructing Records After a Natural Disaster or Casualty Loss; IRS Provides Tips to Help Taxpayers 
  • Client Identification — Tax preparers who need to identify their clients may contact the IRS at 866-562-5227 or, alternatively, the preparer who maintains the necessary records of ten or more clients can send a CD to the IRS by following instructions on this website.
  • Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief — IRS information for individuals and businesses.
  • Disaster Relief Resources for Tax Professionals — Resources and assistance to members of the impacted payroll and practitioner community.

For additional information provided by the federal government on disaster recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey page on USA.gov. For the latest Federal Emergency Management Agency information on Hurricane Harvey please visit their dedicated page.