Today Is Tax Day-But Local Residents Get Automatic Extension
Today is tax day across the country, but local residents get a break.
Initially, the IRS listed the following parishes for tax relief: Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster Parishes.
But that list was updated in recent weeks to include Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, De Soto, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll and Winn parishes.
This declaration lets the IRS postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster areas.
You will now have until July 15th to file your taxes for 2015.
So do you automatically get the extension or do you have to file and request the extension?
Here's the response we got from the IRS:
The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.
You will get the automatic extension and you will not face penalties or have to start paying your tax bill until July 15th.