Be sure to write the FEMA declaration number – 4601DR − on any return claiming a loss.
Victims of this spring's storms and tornadoes in Tennessee will have until August 2, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
Following The recent disaster declaration issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the IRS is providing this relief to taxpayers affected by storms, tornadoes, and flooding that took place between March 25 and April 3, 2021, in parts of Tennessee. Currently, relief is available to affected taxpayers who live or have a business in Campbell, Cannon, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Davidson, Decatur, Fentress, Grainger, Hardeman, Henderson, Hickman, Jackson, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Moore, Overton, Scott, Smith, Wayne, Williamson and Wilson counties. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.
The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on March 25. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until August 2 to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This includes 2020 individual income tax returns due on May 17, as well as various 2020 business returns normally due on April 15. Among other things, this also means that affected taxpayers will have until August 2 to make 2020 IRA contributions.
The August 2 deadline also applies to quarterly estimated income tax payments due on April 15 and June 15, and the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on April 30. It also applies to tax-exempt organizations, operating on a calendar-year basis, that have a 2020 return due on May 17.
In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after March 25 and before April 9 will be abated as long as the deposits were made by April 9.
The IRS disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for the additional time.
The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Therefore, taxpayers do not need to contact the agency to get this relief. However, if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.
In addition, the IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.
Individuals and businesses in a federally-declared disaster area who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred (in this instance, the 2021 return normally filed next year), or the return for the prior year. This means that taxpayers can, if they choose, claim these losses on the 2020 return they are filling out this tax season.
The IRS Return Preparer Office has begun sending letters to enrolled agents (EA) with Social Security numbers (SSNs) ending in 7, 8, 9, or no SSN, who did not renew during this year’s renewal cycle. Those who did not renew during the 2018 and 2021 cycles will be moved to terminated status. Those who did not renew during the 2021 cycle will be moved to inactive status. Anyone in inactive status can still submit a late renewal for approval with proof of CE. Anyone in terminated status must re-take the Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) to apply for re-enrollment.
If an EA disagrees and has a record of previously renewing their EA status, they should contact the number on the letter, which is 855-472-5540.
Following are images of IRS Letter 5508 and IRS Letter 5507:
Attention EA exam candidates! The IRS has announced that EA exam-takers who take their EA exams before August 1, 2021, will NOT receive their test scores immediately upon completion of the examination. They will get their test scores e-mailed to them later (the IRS is using exam results to "analyze" candidate responses).
However, this is only temporary--beginning August 2, 2021, EA exam-takers will receive their exam scores immediately after completing their exams. See official details on the Prometric website: https://www.prometric.com/test-takers/search/irs.
You should decide if you don't mind waiting to receive your EA exam scores at a later date. For those that have already scheduled, I suggest going forward with your original exam date.