Help for Victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma


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This is an archival or historical document and may not reflect current law, policies or procedures.

The Internal Revenue Service is working to provide appropriate relief and assistance to victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. If you are a hurricane victim and need help with tax matters, please call 866-562-5227.

Reconstructing Lost Records

For tax or other purposes, individuals, businesses or tax professionals may need to reconstruct records that were destroyed in one of the hurricanes.

Help for Individuals

Special tax relief and assistance is available to taxpayers in the Presidential Disaster Areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Tax Relief and Other Assistance for Hurricane Victims

Special tax relief is available under the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005 and the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005.

Help for Businesses

Small businesses and employers in the Gulf region receive a variety of tax breaks and incentives under recently-enacted legislation.

Help for Tax Professionals

Make Your Hurricane Relief Donations Count

As Americans generously offer cash and other donations to the hurricane victims, the IRS urges you to make contributions to reputable and qualified charities. And you should be on alert for possible scams. While the IRS makes no endorsements, we can help you make informed decisions about your donations:

Leave donation program — Innovative program provides another avenue for Katrina charitable donations.

IRS Warns of Katrina-Related Charity Scams

Your Guide to Giving Wisely — Consumer tips on giving from the Federal Trade Commission.

IRS Search for Charities

Hurricane Relief & Recovery — USA Freedom Corps' list of opportunities to volunteer; make donations and other resources.

Katrina News Releases & Legal Guidance

The complete list of IRS issued news releases and technical legal guidance related to Hurricane Katrina relief.

Federal Government Hurricane-Related Web Sites

IRS Employee Emergency News