Tax Relief for Maine and Massachusetts Following Hurricane Lee

Following Hurricane Lee, the IRS has granted tax relief for Maine and Massachusetts taxpayers. Here are the payments and filings that qualify.

EASTPORT MAINE SEPTEMBER 16 A pine tree lays on power lines after it was knocked over due to PostTropical Cyclone Lee on September 16 2023 in Eastport Maine Formerly a hurricane the storm was downgraded but forecasters say it will remain large and dangerous Photo by Joe RaedleGetty Images
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The IRS has granted tax relief for Maine and Massachusetts following Hurricane Lee. This relief includes extended deadlines for certain tax filing and payment due dates. The tax deadline extensions for Maine and Massachusetts follow storm-related extensions in several other states, including Florida and South Carolina tax deadline extensions following Tropical Storm Idalia.

Hurricane Lee hit Maine on Sept.16, bringing with it heavy rain and wind gusts reaching over 80 mph in some areas. The storm in Maine resulted in at least one death. The effects of Hurricane Lee were not as severe in Massachusetts. However, areas of the region still experienced wind gusts of up to 65 mph, and 3,000 homes and businesses were left without power.

IRS tax relief for Maine and Massachusetts

Following Hurricane Lee, the IRS announced that affected taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts now have until Feb. 15, 2024, to file certain tax returns and make tax payments that were originally due between Sept. 15, 2023, and Feb. 15, 2024. The extensions include (but may not be limited to) the following:

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  • Quarterly estimated tax payments originally due on Sept. 15, 2023, and Jan. 16, 2024, are now due Feb. 15, 2024.
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns originally due Oct. 31 are now due Feb. 15.
  • 2022 tax returns for individuals and corporations originally granted a tax extension of Oct. 16 are now due Feb. 15.

Because taxes owed for 2022 tax returns were due on April 18, the deadline extension does not apply to these payments, even if you were granted a filing extension.

Areas affected by Hurricane Lee 

 

Although Hurricane Lee had the greatest impact on coastal areas, such as Cape Cod and Nantucket, taxpayers in all areas of Maine and Massachusetts qualify for tax relief. According to the IRS, taxpayers in these areas will receive extensions automatically. 

However, taxpayers who live outside of the areas but qualify for relief (such as those with documents located in Maine and Massachusetts) should contact the IRS at  866-562-5227.

Some taxpayers impacted by the storm may receive a late filing or payment notice. This can happen if the IRS does not have a record of you living in the affected area (for example, if you recently moved). In this case, taxpayers should call the number provided on the notice for relief.

Are Massachusetts and Maine state tax deadlines extended?

Maine and Massachusetts have not announced tax deadline extensions following Hurricane Lee. However, the tax departments for both areas grant automatic filing extensions for taxpayers who receive extensions from the IRS. 

Taxpayers should contact their state tax department to see if the automatic extension applies to relief granted due to Hurricane Lee or if local tax relief is available.

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Katelyn Washington
Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years’ experience working in tax and finance. While she specializes in tax content, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement and financial planning and has had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes that knowledge is the key to success and enjoys helping others reach their goals by providing content that educates and informs.