IRS announces tax relief for victims of May storms

July 8, 2004

DETROIT (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that it was providing special tax relief to residents of Michigan counties covered by a presidential disaster declaration issued after severe storms in May.

The tax relief includes certain tax filing and payment extensions, interest and penalty abatement, and potential disaster-loss tax refunds. It is available to individuals and businesses living within the disaster area, those whose tax records are located in the area, and relief workers, the IRS said.

The disaster area consists of Barry, Berrien, Cass, Genesee, Gladwin, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Mecosta, Oakland, Ottawa, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, St. Joseph and Wayne. Storms, tornadoes and flooding struck the region May 20-24.

Forms and publications are available by calling 1-800-829-3676 or accessing the IRS Web site.

The federal government announced earlier that it was offering grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other assistance to residents of the same 19 counties. More than 5,000 people had applied for federal disaster aid as of Monday.

The storms caused an estimated $32 million in damage, authorities have said. Four people died and more than 25 were injured.



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