Here are disaster resources taxpayers can check out now to help them later

IRS Tax Tip 2019-128, September 17, 2019

Natural disasters can – and do – happen at any time. Whether it's a hurricane, fire, flood, earthquake or tornado, there are things people can do to prepare in advance of a disaster.

Here are several links that can help taxpayers before and after a disaster:

Reconstructing records after a disaster; IRS provides tips to help taxpayers

This fact sheet helps people who are facing the challenge of reconstructing their financial records after a disaster. It covers how to properly document a tax-deductible loss.

Tax relief in disaster situations

This page features links to disaster resources. They walk taxpayers through information that will help them after a disaster. This page also links to local news releases and frequently asked questions.

Around the nation

This page highlights news specific to local areas. This includes disaster relief and tax provisions that affect certain states.

FAQs for disaster victims

Users will find links to several different pages of FAQs. Each set of FAQs is about a specific topic to help people after a disaster.

Publication 2194, Disaster Resource Guide for Individuals and Businesses (PDF)

This resource guide provides information for individuals and businesses affected by a disaster. It also covers the help available for disaster victims. The guide can help taxpayers claim unreimbursed casualty losses on property that was damaged or destroyed.

Publication 584, Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Loss Workbook

This workbook helps individual taxpayers figure the loss on their property because of a disaster, casualty or theft.

Publication 584-B, Business Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Loss Workbook

This workbook helps businesses figure the loss on business property because of a disaster, casualty or theft.

Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts

This publication explains the tax treatment of casualties, thefts and losses.

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