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Disasters Spark Tax Relief in Iowa and Minnesota

  • Jun 24, 2014 | Gail Cole

 Davenport, Iowa, during a January 2014 flood.

Update, 7.9.14: The Iowa Department of Revenue has extended the deadline for tax returns to September 30, 2014, and extended tax relief to additional areas. The emergency period has also been extended in Minnesota, to July 22, 2014.

Weather often causes disasters. Recent severe weather in Iowa and Minnesota has washed out roads, flooded homes and put people in danger. No one need worry about taxes during this time, according to the Iowa and Minnesota departments of revenue.


In response to recent flooding, the Iowa Department of Revenue is granting an extension for quarterly filers of Iowa sales and use tax returns for the period ending June 30, 2014.

Extensions are available for taxpayers in the following counties:

  • Buena Vista
  • Cedar
  • Cherokee
  • Clay
  • Dickinson
  • Franklin
  • Hancock
  • Ida
  • Kossuth
  • Lyon
  • Osceola
  • Palo Alto
  • Plymouth
  • Pocahontas
  • Sac
  • Sioux
  • Woodbury
  • Wright

The department notice states, “If you are located in one of the counties listed above, and file no later than September 30, disregard the penalty and interest calculated for the June 2014 quarter and pay only the tax due.”


A tax extension is also available for victims of the severe weather and flooding in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton has declared a State of Peacetime Emergency in the following counties:

  • Beltrami
  • Blue Earth
  • Brown
  • Dodge
  • Faribault
  • Freeborn
  • Goodhue
  • Grant
  • Hubbard
  • Jackson
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Le Sueur
  • Lyon
  • Koochiching
  • McLeod
  • Morrison
  • Mower
  • Murray
  • Nicollet
  • Nobles
  • Olmsted
  • Otter Tail
  • Pipestone
  • Ramsey
  • Redwood
  • Renville
  • Rice
  • Rock
  • Roseau
  • Saint Louis
  • Scott
  • Sibley
  • Steele
  • Todd
  • Waseca

Minnesotans located in the above areas now have more time to pay and file state tax returns or payments normally due between June 11 and June 23, 2014.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.