Help for Victims of Hurricane Sandy


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The IRS is providing help to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Special tax relief and assistance is available to taxpayers in the Presidential Disaster Areas. 

So far, the IRS filing and payment relief applies to the following localities identified by FEMA for Individual Assistance due to Hurricane Sandy:

  • In Connecticut: Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and New London Counties and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Mohegan Tribal Nation located within New London County;

  • In Maryland: Somerset County
  • In New Jersey: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren;
  • In New York: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Sullivan, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester;
  • In Rhode Island: Newport and Washington counties.

The IRS also announced additional tax relief to certain affected individuals and businesses, further extending tax deadlines of that relief until April 1 for the following localities:

  • In New Jersey: Monmouth and Ocean counties.
  • In New York: Nassau, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk counties.

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 Sandy. For the latest news, check this page frequently.

News Releases

  • IR-2013-16, IRS Extends Tax Relief to Some New Jersey and New York Victims of Hurricane Sandy; Return Filing and Tax Payment Deadline Extended to April 1, 2013
  • IR-2012-96, IRS Gives Additional Time to Small, Automatically Revoked Tax-Exempt Organizations Affected by Hurricane Sandy
  • IR-2012-94, IRS Extends Hurricane Sandy Diesel Fuel Penalty Waiver to Dec. 7 for New Jersey and Parts of New York
  • IR-2012-93, Retirement Plans Can Make Loans, Hardship Distributions to Sandy Victims
  • IR-2012-91, IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Hurricane Sandy Relief
  • IR-2012-91SP, IRS Advierte a Consumidores de Posibles Estafas Relacionadas a las Ayudas por el Huracán Sandy
  • IR-2012-88, Treasury, IRS Announce Special Relief to Encourage Leave-Donation Programs for Victims of Hurricane Sandy
  • IR-2012-87, IRS Expedites Charity Applications, Urges Use of Existing Charities
  • IR-2012-87SP, El IRS Acelera Las Solicitudes de Organizaciones Benéficas, Recomienda el Uso de Caridades Existentes
  • IR-2012-86, Treasury and IRS Expand Availability of Housing for Hurricane Sandy Victims
  • IR-2012-85, IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty Due to Hurricane Sandy
  • IR-2012-84, IRS Announces Qualified Disaster Treatment of Payments to Victims of Hurricane Sandy
  • IR-2012-84SP, El IRS Anuncia el Trato de Pagos Por un Desastre Calificado para las Víctimas del Huracán Sandy
  • IR-2012-83, IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Sandy; Return Filing and Tax Payment Deadline Extended to Feb. 1, 2013
  • IR-2012-82, IRS Gives Additional Time to Taxpayers and Preparers Affected by Hurricane Sandy; File and Pay by Nov. 7

Legal Guidance

  • Notice 2013-21PDF, Postponement of Deadline for Making an Election to Deduct for the Preceding Taxable Year Losses Attributable to Hurricane Sandy
  • Notice 2012-71 PDF, Postponement of Deadline for Transitional Relief under Notice 2011-43 for Certain Small Organizations Affected by Hurricane Sandy
  • Notice 2012-69 PDF, Treatment of Certain Amounts Paid to Section 170(c) Organizations under Certain Employer Leave-Based Donation Programs to Aid Victims of Hurricane Sandy
  • Notice 2012-68PDF, Low-Income Housing Credit Disaster Relief for Hurricane Sandy

Other Resources

For additional information provided by the federal government on disaster recovery, visit and the Hurricane Sandy Recovery page on (OBSOLETE). The latest Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declarations are also available.

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